By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: "There's a healthy fellow." But that's a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy.
I’ve always found gyms a bit strange. Think about it: Dozens of people sweating in close proximity, running on conveyor belts going nowhere, lifting and dropping heavy objects for no reason.
I was recently embarrassed to discover that the thinking about antioxidants had gone and shifted in the last few years without me ever noticing.
Recently I've talked with several long distance runners -- think half-marathon or marathon -- and have been surprised to hear how many down a mug of coffee before they race.
In what has been dubbed "The Great Crawl of China", in August 2010 commuters in Beijing accumulated along a 74.5-mile-long stretch of road for a preposterous 11 days straight.
Against the backdrop of a government shutdown precipitated by healthcare issues and the rollout of the insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, a conference called Diabetes + Innovation 2013 took place in Washington, D.C.
Exercise has always been something of an afterthought for me. Books, not sports, were my passion growing up. But I've also always enjoyed travel, exploring both cities and natural wonders.
It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.
Today, up to 25 percent of people in the U.S. are living with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to the American Liver Foundation.
Like a kid who skips the copyright information that precede iPad games, I go straight to the clinical cases in the New England Journal of Medicine whenever I get my hands on a copy.
Chronic pain affects at least a fifth of the U.S. population, yet many of these people remain in significant physical discomfort whether they receive treatment or not.
In my pop-sci writing, mainly here, at Psychology Today, and in the books Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, I use superheroes as foils for communicating science.