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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Mom's Lifestyle and Child's Obesity: Five Ways to Reduce Risk

Mothers can change their lifestyle to reduce their child developing obesity. Find out how BMI, diet, smoking, and alcohol affect children’s’ risk for obesity.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Women Are More Likely Than Men to Have a Chronic Disease

Just what every woman wants to hear. But, unfortunately, 38 percent of American women have at least one chronic health condition, compared to 30 percent of men. Find out what it’s costing women — in finances and life.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Obesity and Birth Control: What You Should Know

Women who are overweight and obese may have additional considerations to make when it comes to protecting against pregnancy. Here is a breakdown of the different options.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

How Metabolism Affects Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Risks

Do you have poor metabolism? You may need intensive lifestyle changes to help you avoid gaining excess weight, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Weight Loss Surgery Lowers Risk of Some Cancers

Results of a study published in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS) suggest weight loss surgery – gastric bypass, gastric banding, or sleeve gastrectomy, for example – can affect cancer risk.

By Diane Domina

Genetics vs. Exercise: What Causes Postmenopausal Weight Gain?

Genetics and exercise both affect weight gain after menopause. Find out what you can do to prevent obesity as your metabolism slows down with age.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Obesity Lowers Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women

Young women with high body fat levels are less likely to develop breast cancer before menopause, suggests a study conducted by an international team of researchers led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

By Diane Domina

A Diet Recalibration to Treat Obesity

Is it possible to recalibrate your diet to help control portions and manage obesity? Learn about research on how our perception of portions affects eating habits.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Obesity and Pregnancy: How to Beat Food Cravings

Struggling with excess weight gain during pregnancy? These expert tips can help you stay on track.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

What Does Obesity Have to Do With Smoking?

According to study published in The BMJ, obesity is associated with higher rates of smoking, as well as higher smoking frequency – the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

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, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional

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.