Topic: obesity

Obesity Causes

Many factors influence body weight—genes, though the effect is small, and heredity is not destiny; prenatal and early life influences; poor diets; too much television watching; too little physical activity and sleep; and our food and physical activity environment. What Tips the…

Does being overweight really reduce mortality?

Panelists challenge controversial findings In a recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association that combined the results of many studies of body mass index (BMI) and mortality, Katherine Flegal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and co-authors…

Does a little excess weight help you live longer?

Being a little overweight may be associated with a longer life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). But some researchers, including Harvard School of Public Health’s [[Walter Willett]], disagree. “We have a huge…

Boston teams with supermarkets to promote healthy beverages

A new partnership between the City of Boston and most of the city’s large supermarkets aims to help consumers choose healthier and less sugary beverages with a color-coded “Rethink Your Drink” campaign in stores and weekly circulars. Harvard School of Public Health’s…

Growing ‘weight extremes’ among women in developing world

Obese and overweight women are gaining weight rapidly in low-and middle-income countries while those who are severely undernourished are not experiencing similar weight gains, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Toronto researchers. This growing…

Obesity studies generate debate on impact of weight, sugar on health

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition experts, including Walter Willett, Frederick John Stare professor of nutrition and epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition, were quoted widely by the media about two obesity studies published in January 2013. Evidence Grows…

Why We Overeat

[FORUM VIDEO] Based on the latest science, this Forum event examined how Americans can shift their food environments from toxic to healthy.

Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!

 The Expert: Dr. Walter Willett Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health   A recent JAMA study got major media attention when it claimed that grade 1 obesity…