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Obesity is a complicated health condition. It can have psychological, biological, and cultural components, or often a mix of all three. Carrying too much weight can have a variety of health consequences, like higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. A lot of Americans struggle with obesity. In fact, rates of obesity in the U.S. have been steadily rising since the 1970s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (35.7 percent) of U.S. adults are considered to be obese, as are almost 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 years.
The bloggers on this list demonstrate two important concepts: obesity doesn’t happen overnight and neither does adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Many of the bloggers share their own journeys and highlight ways to lose weight and become more active. Others separate fact from fiction in the world of health fads.
Peter Janiszewski, PhD, and Travis Saunders, PhD, CEP, are obesity researchers and the writers of Obesity Panacea. Many of their posts focus on tackling the myths surrounding products marketed as health and fitness tools. For example, in one post, Saunders talks about the many problems he sees with an exercise bike marketed for toddlers. Another post weighs the pros and cons of the standing desk.
Diane Carbonell lost over 150 pounds and has been able to keep it off for over 18 years. She’s written a book about her weight loss journey and has even appeared on the Dr. Oz Show. On the blog, she shares details about her family life, her favorite healthy recipes, and the challenges we all face when it comes to weight loss.
Dina Rose, PhD, focuses on teaching parents how to adopt healthy habits in their households. She has a background in sociology research, which she uses to inform her writing. Her posts discuss ways parents can get their kids to have healthy relationships with food. Thankfully, according to Dr. Rose, that doesn’t include forcing them to eat kale!
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a family doctor, professor, and author, keeps his posts short and sweet, giving you the pertinent details on a bevy of important health topics. He takes a closer look at products, like the new “healthier” Kit Kat bar being marketed as having less sugar and a kid’s plate that was designed to mimic a board game. Each product has its own issues, and Dr. Freedhoff explains why.
Fooducate is actually an app designed to do the research for you when it comes to what’s in your food. The app scans a product’s barcode and tells you if the ingredients are nutritious or if you’re better off choosing another option. The blog is filled with information about why it’s so important to eat healthy. There’s also a community feed where people post their own healthy snacks and how they’re meeting weight loss goals.
Food Politics is the blog of award-winning author and nutrition and public health professor Marion Nestle. She discusses public health policies, like the soda tax in Berkeley and the U.K.’s effort to reduce sugar intake. You won’t find dinner recipes, but you will find an in-depth analysis of what’s going on behind the scenes in the food industry and what drives government policy concerning food.
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness and providing health education and support to those with obesity. The organization’s blog addresses issues that affect both people living with obesity and their loved ones. Posts range from keeping readers up to date on government policies to talking about weight bias and its negative effects.
MyFitnessPal is another health and fitness app designed to keep your nutrition goals on track. The blog is full of healthy recipes, exercise tips, and general ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Different writers bring a range of expertise to the posts, which include tips like types of exercises to try or how to organize a healthy pantry.
Escape from Obesity chronicles one mom’s journey from 278 pounds to 100 pounds lighter, then back to the 200s and onto another weight loss mission. Lyn discusses her ups and downs with food and the physical and emotional challenges she has experienced trying to lose weight. She also talks about what’s worked for her and provides recipes and food guides.
Dr. Sylvia R. Karasu takes a holistic approach to managing obesity and weight loss. To that end, her blog examines topics like diet, exercise, sleep patterns, metabolism, and psychological issues, and how they are all connected to a person’s struggle with obesity. Her posts are thorough and well-researched, offering lots of in-depth insight into each topic she tackles.
Follow one woman on her journey to lose 300 pounds. Weighing in at over 400 pounds and struggling with an unhealthy relationship with food, Holly knew something had to change. She had weight loss surgery, then started her journey to lose 300 pounds, one step at a time. Her blog chronicles the ups and downs that come with changing your relationship with food.
After realizing her weight was causing serious health issues at age 35, Michelle Vicari decided to have weight loss surgery. She dropped the pounds, but admits that keeping them off is a lifelong challenge. On the blog she discusses everything from meal prep to her advocacy efforts with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).
Dr. Zoë Harcombe, PhD, has a passion for health and nutrition. She practices healthy eating in her own life and has even incorporated some of her eating choices into her books on nutrition. Dr. Harcombe’s blog tackles several topics related to eating habits, nutrition, and public health. Her obesity section includes posts that explore links between certain diets and obesity and studies of eating habits around the world.
The Obesity Society is a nonprofit dedicated to understanding obesity from a scientific perspective. The organization aims to learn more about the causes of and contributors to obesity in order to help people. Their blog covers the latest research and developments by members as well as events that bring researchers and policy makers together, like ObesityWeek.