Topic: obesity

School obesity-prevention program may reduce medical costs

School-based programs that teach middle schoolers about healthy foods, encourage less TV and other screen time, and urge more physical activity can reduce eating disorders among girls and help save on medical costs, according to a study co-authored by Harvard School of…

SNAP program fails to boost consumption of healthy foods

November 25, 2013 — The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has failed to boost the nutritional value of food purchased and consumed by recipients or to improve food security (ensuring participants have food to meet household needs), according to a new…

Taxing soda could help curb obesity epidemic, says HSPH expert

Taxing sugar-sweetened drinks is a good step to take toward fighting the national obesity epidemic, said Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, on the WBUR show Radio Boston on June 11,…

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,…