Tag Archives: obesity

Children who are physically abused or witness domestic violence at increased risk of higher BMI as adolescents

Sheridan_McLaughlinHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Program alumnae Margaret Sheridan, PhD,  and Katie McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study in Child Abuse & Neglect that finds that children who witnessed domestic violence had almost six times the odds of being overweight or obese as adolescents.

More to obesity than BMI; a cluster analysis exploring subgroups

Fahad-Razak_310_x_440Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and Pop Center Executive Committee Member S V Subramanian, PhD, have co-authored a study published in the Journal of Public Health that clusters the obese into subgroups, such as heavy drinking males, and affluent and happy elderly, to better understand and formulate strategies to target obese individuals.

How can global obesity epidemic be reversed? A call for “smart food policies.”

robertoHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna and current Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty member Christina Roberto, PhD, is lead author of a paper that is one in a six-part series devoted to obesity in The Lancet. The paper has received much attention in the press including articles in Harvard Gazette, reuters.com, FoxNews, skynews, livescience, medicalnewstoday, The Toronto Star, Huffington Post, and medicalXpress. Learn more from this Harvard Chan School press release.

Researchers revisit Mendelian Randomization studies of effect of BMI on depression

KubzanskyHarvard Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and M. Maria Glymour, PhD, have co-authored a study published in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics that revisits Mendelian Randomization studies (analyses based on genetic instrumental variables) of the effect of body mass index (BMI) on depression.

Are socioeconomic & demographic factors driving inequalities in BMI at the population level? Maybe not.

Fahad-Razak_310_x_440Harvard Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, Pop Center faculty member S V Subramanian (Subu), PhD, and Pop Center doctoral student Aditi Krishna are authors of a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that explores population-level changes in the BMI distribution over time, looking carefully at inequalities in weight gain between groups vs. within groups (interindividual). The findings suggest that future research should focus on understanding factors driving inequalities in weight gain between individuals.

Does income level have impact on one’s response to calorie menu labeling?

Block_Jason_better qualityrobertoHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, MPH, and former Harvard RWJF scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, have published a Reply in JAMA in response to a letter that raises the issue of calorie labeling across socioeconomic backgrounds. The letter was in response to their September 3 Viewpoint entitled “Potential Benefits of Calorie Labeling in Restaurants.”

Christina Roberto honored with research grant during Obesity Week in Boston

robertoHarvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals which took place in Boston during the week of November 2-7, 2014.  “The award from TOS,” commented Roberto, “will enable us to evaluate how a policy to limit sugary drink container size influences consumers’ perceptions and eating behaviors during a restaurant meal. The goal of this work is to provide timely and valuable data to both scientists and policymakers.”

Obese Kids Likely to Become Obese Teens, Study Shows

schuster Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is lead author on a study in Pediatrics that shows that over 80% of kids obese at age 11 are obese at age 16.  The study, online now and in the upcoming December print issue, is featured in U.S. News and World Report and Canada’s Global News.

Gillman co-author on Group-Based Intervention Effective in Lowering Gestational Weight Gain Among Obese Women

gillmanHarvard Pop Center faculty member Matthew Gillman, MD, has co-authored a study that reports on the effectiveness of an intervention aimed at lowering the gestational weight gain (GWG) among obese women, as well as reducing the likelihood of large-for-gestational age (LGA) babies.