Affectionately known as the “cuddle hormone,” oxytocin is released during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding and while falling in love. Could it also prevent overeating and help curb the obesity epidemic? Maybe. Harvard Medical School professor Elizabeth Lawson found that a…

Health outcomes are not looking up for the largest demographic in history: 10- to 24-year-olds, found new research calling for major investments in adolescent health.   In low-income countries young people make up 30% of the population, but command under 2% of health…

Coca-Cola staff tried to leverage personal relationships at the CDC to fight soda taxes, influence the WHO and solicit advice, according to emails cited in research published yesterday in The Milbank Quarterly.   

The global scourges of obesity, climate change and malnutrition are intertwined. Tackling them all at once means taking on their shared menace: A global food industry that fights any public health effort that threatens profits, according to a Lancet report.

As soda sales plummet in the US amid growing obesity concerns, Coca-Cola has enjoyed a growing foothold in China—now Coke’s 3rd largest market by volume.

Scientists are looking to build backup storage for beneficial bugs that lurk in the intestines of people in remote communities, before they disappear.

As the obesity crisis expands worldwide, palm oil—which contains 50% saturated fat—is leading the charge of unhealthy, cheap calories in developing countries.   Palm oil production grew more than 12X globally from 1980-2015. The same way corn overproduction gave way to…

JHSPH’s David Bishai and deputy health officer Henry G. Taylor, son of a principal consultant for the original Declaration, assert that Alma-Ata—“a highlight of 20th-century diplomacy”—was perfectly crafted to address some of today’s biggest health threats like violence,…

Researchers have posited another benefit of reducing obesity rates: limiting the toll of viral infectious diseases. According to a study of Nicaraguan households spanning 3 flu seasons, the influenza A virus sheds longer in obese people because of chronic inflammation…

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.