Topic: healthy weight

Enjoy fall vegetables, but skip the white potatoes

When choosing fall vegetables to bake, roast, or add to dishes, carrots, Brussel sprouts, parsnips, and most others —except for white potatoes — are a good choice, Vasanti Malik, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research scientist in the Department…

As overweight and obesity increase, so does risk of dying prematurely

New study provides strong evidence on dangers of excess weight For immediate release: July 13, 2016 Boston, MA — Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight—and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to…

California introduces legislation to regulate modeling industry

California legislators are weighing a new law that would create health standards and workplace protections for professional models. State Assemblyman Marc Levine introduced the bill, known as the “Promoting Healthy Images” legislation, after reading an opinion piece in the American Journal of…

Low-fat diet not most effective in long-term weight loss

Researchers conduct a systematic review of randomized clinical trials comparing the long-term effectiveness of low-fat and higher-fat dietary interventions on weight loss For immediate release: October 30, 2015 The effectiveness of low-fat diet on weight-loss has been debated for decades, and hundreds…

Healthy Weight

Maintain, Don’t Gain Maintaining a healthy weight is important for health. In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it can also lower the risk of many different cancers. Move more, eat less. Turning off…

Healthy Weight Checklist

With the daily crush of media coverage about obesity, weight, and health, it's easy for people to feel overwhelmed. But there are simple steps you can take to help keep weight in check and lower the risk of many chronic diseases. The…

CDC may have underestimated prevalence of obesity in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have underestimated the number of obese adults in the U.S. in its 2013 Obesity Prevalence Maps by at least 12 million because of reliance upon self-reported height and weight figures, according to a…

An apple a day can keep the pounds away

Eating plenty of certain fruits and vegetables could do more than just keep the doctor away. A new Harvard Chan study has shown that increasing one’s intake of foods such as apples, blueberries, and bell peppers can also help with weight control.…

‘Binge-watching’ TV not good for the waistline

Sitting glued to the TV for hours at a time – or “binge-watching” – appears to encourage overeating and obesity, according to Lilian Cheung, lecturer and director, health promotion and communication for the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

A call to regulate starvation of 'Paris thin' models

Boston, MA  ─ Prohibiting runway models from participating in fashion shows or photo shoots if they are dangerously thin would go a long way toward preventing serious health problems among young women—including anorexia nervosa and death from starvation—according to experts from Harvard…