In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell
Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

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Close to half of U.S. population projected to have obesity by 2030

Researchers predict a marked rise in American adults with obesity or severe obesity in 10 years, leaving several states with obesity prevalence close to 60 percent.

Nicole Rura
Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard

~3 mins   

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Liquid salt can reduce fat absorption and weight in rats

Harvard researchers have found an orally administered liquid salt — choline and geranate — that can reduce the absorption of fats from food with no discernable side effects in rats, lowering total body weight by about 12 percent.

Lindsay Brownell
Nov. 25, 2019 | harvard

~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine basic-research cage choline fat fat-absorption geranate obesity weight-loss


Harvard symposium examines the science of longevity

A two-day symposium organized by Professor of Medicine Steven Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School examined the scientific, nutritional, and health-related aspects of aging.

Brett Milano
July 12, 2019 | harvard

~5 mins   

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4 new Veritalk episodes take on food: culture, veganism, gut health, obesity

Harvard Ph.D. students explore the culture and science of food in the latest episodes of the Veritalk podcast. The talks cover veganism, gut health, food and diaspora, and childhood obesity.

GSAS Communications
June 4, 2019 | harvard

~3 mins   

Tags: health-medicine childhood-obesity cultural-appropriation food graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences microbiome veganism veritalk

Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity?

Based on new research, a randomized placebo-controlled trial in humans indicates that a popular food ingredient called propionate may raise the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Chris Sweeney
April 24, 2019 | harvard

~5 mins   

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New tool calculates genetic risk for obesity

A “polygenic score” for obesity, a quantitative tool that predicts an individual’s inherited risk for becoming overweight, may identify an opportunity for early intervention.

Karen Zusi
April 18, 2019 | harvard

~6 mins   

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What can we do to keep people from gaining more weight?

Health and policy expert Sara Bleich has found that when trying to change the way people eat, being prescriptive isn’t always the answer.

Deborah Halber
April 9, 2019 | harvard

~12 mins   

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