Topic: obesity

Exchange program helps turn public health theory into practice

December 13, 2013 -- Under an academic exchange program between Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Mexico National Public Health Institute (the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, or INSP) that began in January 2013, four HSPH students have studied and…

HSPH profs offer new recipes for addressing U.S. obesity epidemic

HSPH Prof. Walter Willett renews his criticism that the healthy eating recommendations in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines—source of the well-known food pyramid and the new MyPlate icon—don’t go far enough in a Perspective article in the October 27, 2011 issue of the…

Living near foreclosed homes may raise risk of being overweight

August 12, 2013 — People who live near foreclosed homes may be at greater risk of being overweight than those who don’t have such homes in their immediate neighborhoods, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.…

In developing nations, the rich get heavier while the poor stay thin

Weight-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease are growing problems in developing countries. But such diseases are affecting mostly the rich. For the most part, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, the poor in developing nations are…

HSPH researchers uncover how a key inflammatory pathway is regulated

July 2, 2012 -- Findings could help identify new therapeutic targets for inflammatory diseases A team of scientists led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers has discovered how a protein complex known as the NLRP3 inflammasome, part of the immune system,…

Diets of low-income adults in federal food program SNAP need improvement

October 9, 2012 -- Researchers offer policy recommendations to better address dual challenges of food insecurity and obesity in low-income Americans More than 44.7 million Americans — roughly one in seven — receive benefits to purchase food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…