It’s projected that in some European countries, over 1 in 3 adults will be obese by 2025—and the risk factors begin mounting before birth.

Health in the US improved overall from 1990-2016, but wide disparities from state to state show a need for better preventive care, according to a new study coordinated by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The probability of dying…

Some parents in Mauritania force feed their daughters, trying to fatten them up to appeal to Mauritanian men who find heavier girls and women more desirable. Girls around 8 years old can weigh 300 pounds after force feeding, leading them down a path toward diabetes,…

“Are you drinking yourself sick?” South Africans were asked. The answer: A resounding yes. On Sunday, April 1, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to implement an excise tax on sugary drinks in an attempt to stem the country’s growing obesity and diabetes…

Jaime Sepulveda lives global health. A veteran of senior health posts in Mexico’s government and a leadership position at the Gates Foundation, Sepulveda designed Mexico’s universal vaccination program and founded the country’s National AIDS Council. (An HIV/AIDS clinic in…

Developing countries used to fighting hunger must now shift gears to tackle obesity as their economies grow. Growing economies—particularly in quickly-urbanizing Asia and Africa—must control the collateral damage of convenience, write Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley. The…

Argentina, where beef is typically what’s for dinner—and breakfast, and lunch—has introduced Vegan Mondays.  

Argentina, where beef is typically what’s for dinner—and breakfast, and lunch—has introduced Vegan Mondays.  

World Obesity Day this year comes with disturbing figures on the rise of the condition that afflicts 124 million children and teens. Medical expenses for health effects related to obesity—including type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer—across the globe could top £920 billion…

KFC’s growing footprint on Ghana has its public health officials worried. As offshore oil brings greater wealth to their country, Ghanaians are embracing fast food. Obesity prevalence is now 13.6%—a 650% jump since 1980, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and…