Topic: obesity

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…

Overweight teens may have increased risk for colorectal cancer

Teenagers who are significantly overweight appear to have twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer in middle-age compared with teens of normal weight, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. Elizabeth Kantor, lead author and…

Sudha Biddinger receives 2015 Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award

May 21, 2015 — Sudha Biddinger, assistant professor of pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, is the 2015 recipient of the Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research. She spoke on “FMO3 as a novel player in diabetes-associated cardiovascular disease” at…

Altering perception of feeding state may promote healthy aging

For immediate release: February 26, 2015 Boston, MA — Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging without the need to alter food intake, suggests new…

Most cancers not just ‘bad luck’

January 26, 2015 -- Although a recent article in the journal Science and a subsequent press release about the article led to a spate of headlines implying that most cancer is due to “bad luck,” David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in…

A healthy breakfast essential to losing weight

If you want to lose weight or maintain a proper weight, eat a healthy breakfast, Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, advised in the Boston Globe January 13, 2015. Breakfast should make up…

Why Public Health? Anthony Covarrubias

May 2014 — In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. Anthony Covarrubias, a doctoral student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health…

Weight training appears key to controlling belly fat

For immediate release: December 22, 2014 Boston, MA — Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities, according…

Obesity linked to aggressive prostate cancer

A new report that analyzed the health histories of 9.8 million men finds strong evidence that excess body fat may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. The report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Prostate Cancer, was released by the American Institute for Cancer…