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Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about obesity, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Bridging the Gap: Managing Obesity

"It wasn't until I started working with Dr. Kahan that I thought there was hope."

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Living With

A Beauty Queen Fights Heart Failure

Mom and caregiver Sandra Holloway survived two heart-failure emergencies—now she's dedicated to helping others avoid them.

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Weight

Coffee May Help You Lose Weight

Talk about a morning perk! New research shows that coffee may jumpstart your body’s fat-burning potential.

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Obesity

10 Surprising Benefits of Weight Loss

For people who are overweight or obese, losing even a little weight can improve your life—and your health—in some unexpected ways. The bonus? Those non-scale victories can help keep you motivated too.

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Medication

Weight Loss Drug Reduces Diabetes Risk

If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, pay attention to this study that discovered this weight loss drug can lower your blood sugar and diabetes risk.

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Risk Factors

‘Easy’ Baby, Fat Kid: The Gestational Diabetes Link

Babies who are easiest to soothe between 2 and 6 months of age are at twice the risk of early childhood obesity, suggests a study in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Risk Factors

Obesity Linked to Nearly 1 in 20 Cancers Worldwide

As of 2016, 40 percent of adults (that’s nearing half the world population) and almost 20 percent of kids worldwide are overweight or clinically obese.

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Lifestyle

Is Your Fitness Instructor Inspiring You?

Your instructor wields some hefty power with the words he or she delivers to motivate you. Find out how instructor’s comments can impact your self-esteem.

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Fitness

Long Term Risks of Weight Cycling

Researchers have found that people who let their weight cycle up and down may have higher mortality risks. Find out how to sustain long term weight loss.

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Nutrition

Your Microbiome and the Weight Loss Yo-Yo

Does your dieting feel like a merry-go-round that you can’t get off? Find out how your gut microbiome might be causing your yo-yo weight phenomenon.

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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Success by Obesity Subtype

What if a test could predict how well bariatric surgery would help you lose weight? Learn about these four obesity subtypes and what they can tell you.

Meet the Experts

Amy Hendel, P.A.
Health Writer

Amy Hendel P.A.,The HealthGal, is a medical/lifestyle reporter, nutrition/fitness expert, Health Coach/brand ambassador.

Stephanie Stephens
M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health, GI disorders, food allergies, and weight management.