Obesity

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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Does Childhood Abuse Complicate Bariatric Surgery Results

Bariatric surgery complications may be more common for obese people who have experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse research suggests.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

The Income-Weight Link: Men vs. Women

According to a Gallup survey, income is closely tied to body weight in both men and women in the United States, but in completely different ways.

By Diane Domina

Extra Weight May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could ending childhood obesity reduce rates of childhood asthma? Research from the Nemours Children’s Health System suggests that it could.

By Lara DeSanto

Are You Getting Sound, Science-based Nutrition Advice?

Major journal retractions have called into question some popular nutrition research. Do you know how to tell the difference between good and bad food science?

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Being Overweight Causes Depression, Especially in Women

A study suggests there’s a causal link between being overweight and being depressed, even in people without additional health problems, especially women.

By Diane Domina

Overweight Teens Have Higher Pancreatic Cancer Risk as Adults

Pancreatic cancer risk may be up to four times higher in adults who were overweight or obese during adolescence, according to a study published in Cancer.

By Diane Domina

The High Cost of Obesity in the U.S.

The overall economic impact of obesity in the United States has reached more than $1.7 trillion, largely due to lost productivity and direct health-care costs.

By Diane Domina

The Unique Link Between Obesity and Asthma Risk

How does obesity affect the progression of asthma? Asthmatics who are also diagnosed with obesity are in a unique situation that poses a different set of risks.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Relative Fat Mass (RFM): The New BMI?

Is relative fat mass (RFM) a better indicator of body fat than the classic BMI? Researchers think it may be more reliable and much simpler to use.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Are Obese Women at Risk for Colon Cancer?

This observational study of young women suggests a link between obesity and growing risk for early-onset colorectal cancer.

By Diane Domina

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.

Amy Hendel, P.A.

Health Writer

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