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COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity
Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. (2020-04-03)
BU researchers find opioid prescriptions linked to obesity
Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. (2020-04-02)
Bariatric surgery may be effective treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Bariatric surgery may be an effective treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), suggests a new study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and publication in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
Most internists-in-training feel ill-equipped to treat obesity
Most resident physicians training in internal medicine do not feel adequately prepared to manage obesity in their patients, a new survey from a California residency program finds. (2020-03-31)
Coconut oil reduces features of metabolic syndrome in obese females, animal study finds
Obese females that ate a small amount of coconut oil daily, even as part of a high-fat diet, had decreased features of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that raise the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke, an animal study finds. (2020-03-31)
Unconscious food cravings may make bariatric surgery less effective for extreme obesity
Patients with extreme obesity are prone to unconscious food impulses and cravings that may make it challenging for them to maintain weight loss after bariatric surgery, according to research that was accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
The leptin activator: New study reveals brain receptor key to burning brown fat
In a new study published in Nature Communications, Michigan researchers reveal a pathway by which the hormone leptin contributes to weight loss. (2020-03-31)
Liraglutide can help adolescents with obesity manage their weight
Liraglutide 3.0 mg, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to help adults with obesity manage their weight, appears to help adolescents too, according to an industry-sponsored randomized controlled trial. (2020-03-31)
Infants introduced early to solid foods show gut bacteria changes that may portend future health risks
Infants who were started on solid foods at or before three months of age showed changes in the levels of gut bacteria and bacterial byproducts, called short-chain fatty acids, measured in their stool samples, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020-03-31)
Bariatric surgery before diabetes develops leads to greater weight loss
Obese patients may lose more weight if they undergo bariatric surgery before they develop diabetes, suggests a study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting. (2020-03-30)
Pregnant women's PFAS exposure linked to granddaughters' obesity risk
The first human study to link blood levels of 'forever' chemicals known as PFAS in pregnant women with the risk of obesity in their granddaughters is described in an ENDO 2020 abstract that will be published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-30)
Childhood overweight and obesity rates fall slightly overall but rise among disadvantaged families
A study of more than one million children in Catalonia examines the time trends and socio-demographic factors associated with this health problem. (2020-03-26)
Obesity alert for April 2020
All print, broadcast and online journalists who receive the Obesity embargo alert agree to abide by the embargo and may not publish, post, broadcast or distribute embargoed news releases or details of the embargoed studies before the embargo date and time. (2020-03-23)
Extract from seeds of the Melinjo tree may improve obesity and diabetes
In Southeast Asia, the fruit, flowers, and leaves of Indonesia's 'Melinjo' tree are traditional foods. (2020-03-23)
It's in our genome: Uncovering clues to longevity from human genetics
Researchers from Osaka University found that high blood pressure and obesity are the strongest factors reducing lifespan based on genetic and clinical information of 700,000 patients in the UK, Finland and Japan. (2020-03-23)
Childhood obesity linked to higher risk of anxiety, depression and premature death
Two new studies from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden underscore health risks associated with childhood obesity. (2020-03-18)
Protein controls fat metabolism
A protein in the cell envelope influences the rate of fatty acid uptake in cells. (2020-03-17)
Kaiser Permanente finds weight loss lasts long after surgery
People with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery maintained significantly more weight loss at 5 years than those who did not have surgery according to a Kaiser Permanente study published March 13 in Annals of Surgery. (2020-03-17)
Cellular stress makes obese mothers have obese babies
Maternal obesity increases the risk for obesity and metabolic perturbations in their offspring, but what are the mechanisms? (2020-03-13)
Discovered: Why obesity causes high blood pressure -- and potential ways to fix
Researchers have determined precisely how obesity causes high blood pressure and even reversed it in lab models. (2020-03-10)
Study: Daily avocado consumption improves attention in persons with overweight, obesity
A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a new randomized control trial found. (2020-03-10)
Mayo Clinic-led study links obesity with pancreatitis
A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Arizona published in the The Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that obesity is not only implicated in chronic diseases such as diabetes, but also in sudden-onset diseases such as pancreatitis. (2020-03-09)
Glucose acts as a double edged sword on longevity factor SIRT1
Aberrant fasted-to-refed transitions associated with excess glucose production and perturbed insulin signaling in the liver, are known to cause diabetes/obesity/aging. (2020-03-09)
Biomarker in saliva predicts childhood obesity risk
The intriguing discovery, reported in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, supports ongoing efforts to identify biomarkers associated with the emergence of childhood obesity before body mass index (BMI) is designated as obese, said Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, director of Pediatric Obesity Research at Monroe Carell Jr. (2020-03-06)
Triglycerides control neurons in the reward circuit
Energy-dense food, obesity and compulsive food intake bordering addiction: the scientific literature has been pointing to connections between these for years. (2020-03-05)
Multi-country study reveals shortcomings in treating obesity
To address obesity worldwide, changes are needed in both the availability of treatments and the attitudes of clinicians. (2020-03-04)
Weight loss surgery may increase fracture risk
Individuals who undergo weight loss surgery may face an elevated risk of bone fractures, according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. (2020-03-04)
Does antibiotic use during pregnancy and infancy impact childhood obesity?
New findings published in Obesity reveal that use of antibiotics during pregnancy does not appear to affect children's weight in subsequent years, but use during infancy may increase their risk of becoming overweight or obese. (2020-03-04)
Impact of obesity on ability to work highest amongst women over 50
New research has shown that older workers with obesity are at a higher risk of prolonged sickness absence or losing their jobs for health reasons than those of normal weight, with women affected significantly more than men. (2020-03-04)
Obesity promotes virulence of influenza
Obesity promotes the virulence of the influenza virus, according to a study conducted in mice published in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2020-03-03)
Molecule found in oranges could reduce obesity and prevent heart disease and diabetes
Researchers at Western University are studying a molecule found in sweet oranges and tangerines called nobiletin, which they have shown to drastically reduce obesity and reverse its negative side-effects. (2020-03-03)
Changing the debate around obesity
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) needs to do more to address the ingrained stigma and discrimination faced by people with obesity, says a leading health psychologist. (2020-03-03)
The dairy dilemma: Low-fat is not necessarily better for kids
Children who consume full-fat dairy products do not show an increased risk of obesity or heart disease, according to an Edith Cowan University (ECU) research finding that raises questions about the current dietary advice for children. (2020-03-02)
Mom's gut microbes affect newborn's metabolism, mouse models suggest
Using mouse models, scientists have discovered a mother's gut microbiota may shape the metabolism of her offspring, by providing environmental cues during pregnancy that fine tune energy homeostasis in the newborn's microbiome. (2020-02-27)
Sex-specific traits of the immune system explain men's susceptibility to obesity
Melbourne researchers have uncovered important differences between the male and female immune system which may explain why men are more susceptible to obesity and metabolism-related associated diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. (2020-02-26)
New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging
In their paper published in the journal Obesity Reviews, researchers argue that obesity should be considered premature aging. (2020-02-25)
Mid-life weight gain linked to faster decline in lung capacity in older age
Mid-life weight gain is linked to an acceleration in the natural decline in lung capacity that comes with ageing, reveals a 20-year study published online in the journal Thorax. (2020-02-25)
Intensive behavioral therapy and liraglutide 3.0 mg show positive results for weight loss
Intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) combined with liraglutide 3.0 mg (Saxenda) can produce clinically-meaningful weight loss in patients who receive the treatment in predominantly primary care settings, according to a study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. (2020-02-24)
Researchers propose new disease classification system for obesity
Researchers are proposing a new scientifically correct and medically actionable disease classification system for obesity, according to a paper published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. (2020-02-24)
Living cell imaging technique sheds light on molecular view of obesity
Researchers have developed novel probes to track cellular events that can lead to obesity. (2020-02-24)
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