Since early in the pandemic, older people and people with obesity have been flagged as higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.   More and more studies are reinforcing those links, and asking “why?”   It’s not just the underlying conditions that frequently come alongside…

The International Life Sciences Institute, an American nonprofit, has been slowly making its move on Asia and Latin America, seeking to influence food and nutrition decision-makers.     But health advocates charge ISLI is basically a front group for its 400 corporate…

World hunger has risen for 3 years straight even as obesity and overweight continue to climb across the board, according to a new WHO report with sobering implications for achieving the SDG of Zero Hunger by 2030. This year’s report added a new indicator for measuring…

Once fodder for science fiction, the food pill is fast becoming a reality. Could it be a solution to the obesity epidemic?   The brainchild of serial inventor Dan McGuire, The Food Pill Diet—patent pending—is based on the idea that if food is tasteless, the body won’t crave…

Ultraprocessed foods may trigger overeating, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism. Participants ate more and gained more weight eating a diet of industrially processed foods—like hot dogs—compared to minimally processed foods like grilled chicken. 

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…

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.