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Studies show that spending more time on Instagram can lead to lower body satisfaction. OsakaWayne Studios/Moment Collection via Getty Images

The pandemic is changing the way young people eat and how they feel about their bodies: 4 essential reads

Rates of obesity and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia both surged among young people over the past two years. Scholars explain why, and how parents can support kids dealing with body shame.
The competing interests of economic growth and public health aren’t being managed well. Shutterstock

We mapped the landscape for taxes on sugary drinks in seven African countries

Implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in all African countries will require sufficient political will and support from civil society.
Patients with overweight or obesity issues make up more than 70% of the U.S. population. Peter Dazeley via Getty Images

Will the COVID-19 vaccine work as well in patients with obesity?

Americans with excess weight and obesity have been hit hard by COVID-19. Now there is reason to believe they may not get the same protection from the vaccines.
Patients who were overweight and obese had lower mortality rates following cardiac surgery than those with BMIs in the normal or underweight range. (Shutterstock)

The obesity paradox: Obese patients fare better than others after heart surgery

For patients recovering from heart surgery, being overweight or moderately obese appears to be an advantage over being underweight or even having a normal BMI.
Doctors have told people who are overweight to exercise more and eat less, when in fact their overweight may be due to genetic or other factors that exercise won’t change. UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

A doctor’s open apology to those fighting overweight and obesity

All too often the medical community ‘fat-shames’ patients trying to lose weight, when in fact obesity and overweight are complicated medical issues.
New guidelines for health-care providers advise supporting every individual to achieve their best health, rather than focusing on weight status. (Shutterstock)

Are we over weight yet? New guidelines aim to reduce obesity stigma in health care

New Canadian clinical practice guidelines for obesity aim to help reduce the prevalence and impact of weight bias and stigma in clinical care, and also encourage the public to advocate for change.

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