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Obesity Research

Rush Hour Traffic May Really Be Killing You

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living

There's no way around it: Your commute is a nightmare. Whether you're packed like a sardine in a subway car or stuck in heinous traffic on the highway...

Emily Peck

Why Overweight Workers Have A Hard Time Succeeding At Work | Emily Peck | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business

Are fat people less likely to win on Jeopardy? Of course not. Yet people sill believe that the obese make less competent game show contestants, acc...

Might the Fat Gene Make You Fat If You Were Born After 1942 and Received Penicillin as a Baby?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Born before 1942? If you were and also carry the gene for obesity, relax. The gene won't make you fat. Born after 1943? Yes, the gene might have a definite impact on your size.

Early Obesity Linked To Disease Later In Life, But Not For The Reason You Think

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living

We've long known that a high BMI in early adulthood increases a person's lifetime risk of obesity-related diseases like hypertension, stroke and heart...

What Calico Cats Can Teach Us About Obesity

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science

House cats -- in all their notoriously lazy glory -- may actually help scientists figure out how to control obesity in humans. Researchers at the U...

Obesity Decreases in Early Childhood but Remains National Threat

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Glickman

A burgeoning body of research is pointing to the importance of the first few years of life for influencing long-term health, including an individual's weight as an adult.

Adult Obesity Rates Remain High but Held Steady

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

After decades of bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. Recently, we found that obesity rates remained level in every state except for one in the past year.

Does Look AHEAD Set Us Back?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trial is not news because these same results were reported, and received widespread media attention, last fall. This matters, because double dipping gives the impression that this is the second trial in the past year to reach this same conclusion.

Are We Fatter Than We Think We Are?

John Dick | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
John Dick

Over the past year, we asked more than 130,000 Americans a simple question -- "Do you consider yourself to be overweight?" -- with a super-simple yes/no response set. We then queried thousands of other respondent attributes in our database and flagged some of the more fascinating and quirky cross tabs.

Asthma May Stand in the Way of Overcoming Obesity for Some Children

Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D.

There's one barrier to overcoming childhood obesity that might be a surprise. Asthma. For more than 4 million children with uncontrolled asthma, the simple mantra of "eat less, move more" might be easier said than done.

10 Hidden Reasons for U.S. Obesity, Part Two

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Eating too much and exercising too little, considered the root of obesity, are not the only probable culprits. Here are some other factors that are often overlooked.

10 Hidden Reasons for U.S. Obesity, Part One

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Eating too much and exercising too little, considered the root of obesity, are not the only probable culprits. Here are some other factors that are often overlooked.

Surrounded By Child Obesity Advice, What Is A Parent To Do?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We are lucky enough to live in an age of scientific parenting, which allows us to make choices based on fact and data. Except when it leads to utter paralysis and confusion.

Put In Those Earbuds And Watch The Scale Numbers Go Down

Los Angeles Times | Jeannine Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Successful weight loss may be just a podcast away. But what's on that podcast could make the difference between losing a modest amount of weight and ...

Real Health(y) Care Reform: It's World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Karen Kisslinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Kisslinger

Far too little attention is given to the fact that it is well known that access to breast milk in infancy and beyond is protective against later childhood and later life obesity.

How Do We Become Fat?

Fred Hahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fred Hahn

You can't exercise your fat away ladies and gentlemen. You have to speak the correct language to your body if you wish it to release fat from your fat cells.

How Sitting Next To A Fat Person Can Make You Fat

The Weighting Game | Leslie Goldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"I've been on buses that filled to an inhumane capacity, with commuters packed in like desperate refugees or sows to the slaughter. Still, the seat be...