This month, the American Journal of Public Health included new findings about the impact of skills learned in kindergarten, obesity and weight loss and biases against lesbian and gay people. In case you missed them, check out some highlights and commentary from noteworthy media outlets.

New findings from a United Kingdom-based study reveal that for people that are obese, the likelihood of attaining normal weight is very low. Only 1 in 124 women and 1 in 210 men would reach normal weight annually.

“Current strategies that focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity aren’t working for most patients to achieve weight loss and maintain that,” researcher Alison Fildes said in a BBC article.

According to the study, teacher evaluation of socio-emotional skills at the kindergarten grade level showed statistically significant correlations with young adult outcomes, up to 20 years later, including education, employment, criminal activity, substance abuse and mental health.

“For instance, children — for each point on the social competence scale, children were twice as likely to receive a college degree by age 25. There were consistent results for the crime outcomes,” lead researcher Damon Jones said in an interview with PBS News Hour.

Heterosexual health care providers were found to report both explicit and implicit biases for heterosexual people over lesbian women and gay men.  Alternatively, lesbian and gay health care providers reported biases for lesbian women and gay men over heterosexual people, and bisexual health care providers showed mixed preferences.

In a recent interview lead researcher Janice Sabin told HealthDay, “We want all providers to be proficient in treating diverse populations, including the LGBT population.”

For an early peek into research from upcoming issues of the journal, check out First Look.