We turn to doctors to treat cancer, addiction and high blood pressure. And, they have a lot of training and tools to help us. Why is that not so with obesity?
Dieting fads have been around for more than a century, but none of them has been shown to curb obesity long-term. The good news is that scientific evidence is revealing treatments that do work.
More than half of dogs and cats around the globe are overweight. Are well-intentioned owners to blame?
Despite the efforts of millions of Americans, obesity rates continue to climb. Why is it so hard to lose weight and to keep it off? It's a lot more complicated than just pushing back the plate.
Health care providers often recommend exercise to overweight people as a way to lose weight, but that often does not work. Injuries can occur, and frustration can mount. Can walking with them work?
Dieting is a setup. The act of dieting causes physiological changes that make it hard to continue dieting successfully. Here's how the body fights back when some people try to lose weight.
It comes down to what and how much you eat over the day, rather than when you eat most of your food.
Losing weight is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, as well as a prudent preventive measure. Beliefs that it's harder to lose weight when diabetic are unfounded.
Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits. But what does the science say?
Women shouldn't be disheartened by the latest finding that exercise doesn't lead to weight loss in the first month or two. There are other reasons to persist.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
Coconut oil is being hailed as the new "superfood", helping us lose weight and kill harmful bugs. But how do the claims stand up to scientific scrutiny?
...and then they need to record when remission occurs.
The price of weight loss is lifelong vigilance
Understanding how your brain responds to food could be the key to losing weight
Activity tracking devices are boosting people's desire to make healthy lifestyle changes – and stick to them
Two new Cochrane reviews reveal that some interventions to tackle overweight and obesity in children do work, but only in the short term.
Of the 22,713 weight loss operations performed in 2014-15, about 90% were performed in private hospitals, highlighting the difficulty in accessing this type of surgery through the public system.
There can be benefits to fidgeting, such as boosting attention or helping you burn up to 800 extra calories a day. But it comes at a cost...
Fasting diets aim to make it easier to stick to a weight loss program, but they are not for everyone.