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Education Can Reduce Genetic Association with Obesity

A USC study finds that an extra year of education can influence whether or not someone becomes obese, especially among those at higher risk of obesity.


The More the Heavier? Family Size and Childhood Obesity in the US

Are siblings good for you? This blog post presents findings from a study showing that having more siblings is associated with lower BMI and decreased likelihood of obesity.


A New Look at an Old Question: Does Where You Live Influence Your Body Weight?

Does where you live influence your weight? A panel study of Military Teenagers (MTEENS) finds that what parents have available at home may make a bigger impact. (more…)

Using Gifts and Goals to Help Kids Make Healthy Food Choices

A study seeks ways to nudge kids and schools into healthier behaviors.


Reports of a slowdown in childhood obesity don’t tell the whole story

Big data tell many of today’s stories in research news, but our recent study underscores the need for caution when reporting the rate of childhood obesity. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health survey last year showed that the overall rate of childhood obesity plateaued, but a more granular set of (more…)

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