Diet & Weight Loss
The 13 Best Obesity Health Blogs of 2013
13 Best Obesity Blogs of 2013
More than a third of all adults in the United States have been diagnosed as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many common health conditions are related to obesity, including stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.
Making lifestyle changes to help counter obesity can be a powerful first step to regaining control of your weight and your life. Click through the slideshow to see this year’s winning obesity blogs.
Certified exercise physiologists Peter Janiszewski, PhD, and Travis Saunders, PhD student, hope to provide their readers with the Obesity Panacea. The pair’s blog is part of the Public Library of Science (PLoS). PLoS is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization that offers diverse perspectives on science and medicine.
Posts on this site offer a behind-the-scenes look at cutting edge research designed to make you think. This is a fairly highbrow read for the scientifically inclined. Check it out if you want to get ahead of the curve in the latest obesity research.
Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes
Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC—also known as Dr. Sharma—shares his expert opinion and insights in Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes.
Dr. Sharma is well qualified to give advice about obesity. He’s a professor of medicine and chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta. He’s also founder and scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network.
If you don’t have time to read every post, check out the “Obesity Week Roundup,” to catch the top topics from his blog.
Dr. Mark Hyman
Obesity expert extraordinaire, Dr. Mark Hyman, is chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and a popular author and media speaker. Dr. Hyman has dedicated his entire career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illnesses such as obesity.
Hyman tackles tough topics, like how diet soda makes you fat, how emotional eating can save your life, and the secret ingredient to stubborn weight loss.
It’s Not About Nutrition
It’s Not About Nutrition was created by Dina Roase, PhD, to help parents understand both the art and the science of teaching kids to eat right.
The blog offers parents practical, research-based strategies to help families stop struggling and start succeeding. Rose’s mother died of obesity-related illnesses and her daughter struggled with destructive eating habits.
From better breakfasts to figuring out what motivates your child to eat better, Rose is your go-to source for helping your kids avoid obesity.
Fit to the Finish
If you’re wondering how to lose 150 pounds, why not read the blog of someone who has done it? Fit to the Finish blogger Diane Carbonell, author of the book 150 Pounds Gone Forever, is the perfect advisor for those who need a role model for conquering obesity.
The mother of seven and once morbidly obese, Carbonell now takes charge of her health. Her blog posts reflect her goal of community building, as she shares her weight-loss expertise with her readers.
Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research
Obesity prevention is the name of the game at Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research. This Canadian group is an outgrowth of the CHEO Research Institute, which focuses on obesity-related research.
HALO’s impressive blog lets you follow along with the organization’s progress toward eliminating childhood obesity and improving health.
Feedback Solutions for Obesity
PhD student and obesity scientist Penny is focused on one thing in particular when it comes to addressing obesity: feedback. Her research interests in Feedback Solutions for Obesity inform her posts. In this interesting blog, she discusses the decision processes behind human choice and looks into the real reasons people select the cake over the fruit or the soda over the milk.
Join her in her effort to discover the feedback loops that are most important to uncovering the story behind obesity and food choices. Then rejoice with her when she finds the answer to breaking the trend toward obesity!
Yoni Freedhoff, a family doctor and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, shares his musings on Weighty Matters.
This self-described “certifiably cynical realist” provides a light but accurate perspective on food and fat-related topics. Blog posts that sometimes drift away from calorie counting to share funny animal videos and views on feminism.
The site comes with a disclaimer that all medical discussion is of a general nature only, and is not intended as specific medical advice.
Blogger Megan Carter lets her opinions be known in Verdant Nation. Carter investigates the intersection of the obesity epidemic and environmental and societal problems.
Long, research-based posts (with links to clinical studies) make readers think about the impact of their everyday choices. If you’re wondering about the connections between what happens “out there” and your weight, read this blog.
U.S. Food Policy
U.S. Food Policy presents a public interest perspective on government food policy and economics in the United States.
The brains behind the blog, Parke Wilde, teaches and writes about U.S. food policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
Complete with infographics, reports, and analysis, this smart-but-accessible read includes posts on obesity, the food industry, public health, and so much more.
Darya Rose describes herself as a “neuroscience PhDork, food and health writer, and proud San Francisco foodist.” She’s also the blogger behind Summer Tomato, which offers healthy eating tips “for those who believe life should be awesome.”
Rose helps readers get comfortable with a new “healthstyle” as a “foodist”—terms she coined and has helped spread to a wide audience. She tackles topics like health, habits, food, and weight control with informed and contagious optimism.
Science and health writer David Despain blogs about food, nutrition, and medicine through the lens of evolution on Evolving Health.
Ever wonder what a Komodo dragon can teach us about energy balance, or what journalists should know before writing about fructophobia?
Despain’s emphasis on research combined with his creative approach make this blog both informative and important for those interested in how food impacts us.
How can you get “Fooducated?” Start by reading the Fooducate Blog.
Hemi Weingarten is a father of three in the San Francisco Bay Area who started the site to learn how to feed his family better. Fooducate Blog serves as a personal grocery advisor to help people make healthy food choices.
The blog also features daily tips to help improve mom or dad’s expertise in nutritious food shopping.
Well-known food activist and prolific nutrition author Marion Nestle blogs on Food Politics. Obesity is among the topics she tackles, including obesity in kids and Washington’s obesity policy.
This blog is a must-read for anyone interested in the political implications of legislation on our diets. Nestle has an expert perspective—whether it’s about U.S. dietary guidelines on salt or New York City’s battle to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces.
Conquering obesity is a multifaceted process that requires changing habits and mindsets, which can take years. Inspiration from experts can help make the journey easier.
Visit the 13 Best Obesity Blogs of 2013 to learn a lot, laugh a little, and lighten the load—quite literally—when you take these bloggers’ advice to heart.
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