The Best Obesity Blogs of 2017

We have carefully selected these blogs because they actively work to educate, inspire and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information. If you’d like to tell us about a blog, nominate it by emailing us at [email protected]!

Obesity is a complicated health problem. It can have psychological, biological and cultural components, or often a mixture of all three. Carrying too much weight can have various health consequences, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis. Many Americans struggle with obesity. In fact, obesity rates in the United States have been steadily rising since the 1970s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third (35.7%) of American adults are considered obese, as are nearly 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19.

The bloggers on this list demonstrate two important concepts: obesity doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Many 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 authors of Obesity Panacea. Many of their posts focus on debunking the myths surrounding products marketed as health and fitness tools. For example, in one article, Saunders talks about the many issues he sees with an exercise bike marketed for toddlers. Another post weighs the pros and cons of the standing desk.

Visit the blog.

Diane Carbonell lost over 150 pounds and was able to keep it off for over 18 years. She wrote a book about her weight loss journey and 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.

Visit the blog.

Dina Rose, PhD, focuses on teaching parents how to adopt healthy habits in their homes. She has a research background in sociology, which she uses to inform her writing. Her posts discuss ways parents can engage their children in healthy relationships with food. Luckily, according to Dr. Rose, that doesn’t involve forcing them to eat kale!

Visit the blog.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, family physician, teacher, and author, keeps his posts short and sweet, giving you relevant details on a host of important health topics. He takes a closer look at products, like the new “healthier” Kit Kat bar marketed as having less sugar and a kid’s plate designed to mimic a board game. Each product has its own issues, and Dr. Freedhoff explains why.

Visit the blog.

Fooducate is actually an app designed to do the research for you regarding what’s in your food. The app scans a product’s barcode and tells you if the ingredients are nutritious or if it’s better to choose another option. The blog is filled with information on why healthy eating is so important. There is also a community feed where people post their own healthy snacks and talk about how they are achieving their weight loss goals.

Visit the blog.

Food Politics is the blog of award-winning author and professor of nutrition and public health Marion Nestle. She discusses public health policies, such as the soda tax in Berkeley and the UK’s efforts to reduce sugar consumption. You won’t find dinner recipes, but you will find in-depth analysis of what goes on behind the scenes in the food industry and what drives government food policy.

Visit the blog.

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing health education and support for people with obesity. The organization’s blog addresses issues that affect both people with obesity and their loved ones. Articles range from keeping readers informed about government policies to talking about weight bias and its negative effects.

Visit the blog.

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 life. Different authors bring a range of expertise to the posts, which include tips like what types of exercises to try or how to organize a healthy pantry.

Visit the blog.

Escape from Obesity chronicles a mother’s journey from 278 pounds to 100 pounds lighter, then back to 200 and on another weight loss mission. Lyn talks about her ups and downs with food and the physical and emotional challenges she faced trying to lose weight. She also talks about what has worked for her and provides recipes and food guides.

Visit the blog.

Dr. Sylvia R. Karasu takes a holistic approach to managing obesity and weight loss. To that end, her blog examines topics such as diet, exercise, sleep patterns, metabolism, and psychological issues, and how they all relate to a person’s battle with obesity. Her articles are in-depth and well-researched, offering plenty of in-depth information on every topic she covers.

Visit the blog.

Follow a woman on her journey to lose 300 pounds. Weighing over 400 pounds and struggling with an unhealthy relationship with food, Holly knew something had to change. She underwent weight loss surgery and then began 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.

Visit the blog.

After realizing that her weight was causing serious health problems at 35, Michelle Vicari decided to undergo bariatric surgery. She has lost weight, but admits keeping it off is a lifelong challenge. On the blog, she discusses everything from preparing meals to her advocacy efforts with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

Visit the blog.

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 food choices into her nutrition books. Dr. Harcombe’s blog covers several topics related to eating habits, nutrition and public health. Its section on obesity includes articles that explore the links between certain diets and obesity and studies of eating habits around the world.

Visit the blog.

The Obesity Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding obesity from a scientific perspective. The organization aims to learn more about the causes and contributors to obesity in order to help people. Their blog covers the latest member research and developments as well as events that bring researchers and policy makers together, such as ObesityWeek.

Visit the blog.

Comments are closed.