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


Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could reducing childhood obesity also help reduce rates of childhood asthma? These researchers say it could.

By Lara DeSanto

Can You Trust Science-based Nutrition Advice?

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

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Being Overweight Can Lead to Depression

People who are overweight, especially woman, have a greater chance of struggling with depression, according to this study.

By Diane Domina

Is Diet Soda Helpful or Harmful?

Could diet soda be part of the solution to the obesity epidemic, or part of the problem? Here's what you should know about no-calorie drinks.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Obese Teens May Have Pancreatic Cancer Risk

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 economic impact of obesity the United States has reached more than $1.7 trillion, according to a report from Milken Institute.

By Diane Domina

The Link Between Obesity and Asthma

Obesity could increase your risk of asthma because of changes in your respiratory muscles and other related conditions, according to this study.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Is Relative Fat Mass Better Than BMI?

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

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals?

Gastrointestinal tract disorders can change how vitamins and minerals are absorbed. Here's how to tell if you need supplements.

By Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

Are Obese Women at Risk for Colon Cancer?

Young women who are obese should be vigilant about colon cancer, according to this study that found a link between obesity and early-onset colorectal cancer.

By Diane Domina