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Beer and spirits have more detrimental effects on the waistline and...

Brittany Larsen, Iowa State University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

Not all calories are equal – a dietitian explains the different...

Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Mississippi State University A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, at least from a thermodynamic standpoint....

Whether slow or fast, here’s how your metabolism influences how many...

Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Mississippi State University It’s a common dieter’s lament: “Ugh, my metabolism is so slow, I’m never going to lose any weight.” When people talk...

The dirty history of soap

Judith Ridner, Mississippi State University “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.” That’s what the CDC has advised all...

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Bill Sullivan, Indiana University On a recent episode of his Friday evening talk show, Bill Maher proposed that society combat obesity by body-shaming overweight individuals....

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How to satisfy our appetite for meat without ruining the planet

By Robert Paarlberg, Wellesley College Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation...