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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Your Microbiome and the Yo-yo Effect

Do you feel like your dieting efforts are like a merry-go-round that you can’t get off? Find out how your microbiome might be affecting your weight changes.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Obesity Subtype Can Affect Bariatric Surgery Results

A large analysis suggests that the weight loss outcomes and success of bariatric surgery may depend on the subtype of obesity you have.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

If You're Obese, X-Rays Could Slightly Up Your Cancer Risk

The amount of radiation necessary to X-ray people who are morbidly obese is higher than what’s required in normal-weight people, increasing cancer risk.

By Diane Domina

Prescription Appetite Suppressant Reduces Risk of Diabetes

Lorcaserin was approved by the FDA in 2012 for treatment of obesity in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

By Mary Shomon

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

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.