While I deplore Hollywood's pressure on women to be underweight and perfect, I don't believe that obesity can be a positive political statement. We should all be advocating for a healthy lifestyle, with a good diet and sufficient exercise.
When you look at a group of elementary school kids, can you tell who's at risk of becoming obese? And more importantly, what can be done to change tha...
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.
I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...
Instead of the unending beauty pageant, my colleagues could all rally around the fundamentals of healthful eating, which are in fact well-established. But I guess the allure of fame and fortune is just too great.
Excess fat is a primary cause of inflammation and explains why packing extra pounds promotes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several cancers. So how could fat make weight loss easier?
Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.
Most people think diets work and that it is the dieters who "don't work," are undisciplined, self-sabotaging, etc. However, any review of unbiased res...
For decades the medical profession has recommended that we reduce our fat intake. We have. We lowered our fat intake from 40 percent to 30 percent of total calories. Why then have obesity, and the diabetes that often accompanies it, become so prevalent?
In the current economic atmosphere, there is a blame game being carried on. With our national credit rating having been downgraded, the future is dice...
Plaque is created from fat, cholesterol and other matter in the blood. It thickens artery walls, causing coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke later in life. And that process can start as early as age two!
The rest of the country should pay attention to what happens on the Navajo Nation following the institution of the junk food tax, which recently passed. They may lead the way for the rest of America in the fight against obesity and related chronic disease.
The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.
The New York Times once again allocates some of its rarefied real estate to science writer Gary Taubes, who uses it to do what, in my opinion, he does best: ask the wrong question.
It's perhaps a relief to know that our kids have a personality and innate tendencies before they were ever exposed to our influences, and the consolation -- there's also a limit to how much damage our inevitable shortcomings may do. But when it comes to food, that doesn't put us of the hook.