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Evidence of behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction ... read more
October 17, 2019
Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection. According to researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain's ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating. This finding suggests that future research into treatment of compulsive eating behavior should focus on rebalancing the mesolimbic dopamine system -- the part of the brain responsible for feeling reward or pleasure.

How do ketogenic diets affect skin inflammation? ... read more
October 17, 2019
Not all fats are equal in how they affect our skin, according to a new study. The investigators found that different ketogenic diets impacted skin inflammation differently in psoriasiform-like skin inflammation in mice. Ketogenic diets heavy in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) such as coconut, especially in combination with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and plant sources like nuts and seeds, exacerbated psoriasis.

Factors that predict obesity by adolescence revealed ... read more
October 16, 2019
Three simple factors that predict whether a healthy weight child will be overweight or obese by adolescence have been revealed in a new study.

Shipment tracking for 'fat parcels' in the body ... read more
October 14, 2019
Without fat, nothing works in the body: These substances serve as energy suppliers and important building blocks -- including for the envelopes of living cells. Numerous diseases are related to disorders in the fat metabolism, such as obesity or cancer. Researchers are now demonstrating how the fat metabolism can be monitored down to the individual liver cell of a mouse with the greatest sensitivity.

Coffee bean extracts alleviate inflammation, insulin resistance in mouse cells ... read more
October 11, 2019
Food science and human nutrition researchers are interested in the potential of inflammation-fighting compounds found in the silverskin and husk of coffee beans, not only for their benefits in alleviating chronic disease, but also in adding value to would-be 'waste' products from the coffee processing industry.

Overweight before age 40 increases the cancer risk ... read more
October 11, 2019
The risk of cancer increases considerably if you gain weight before the age of 40.

Type 2 diabetes and obesity could be treated by new, less invasive procedure ... read more
October 11, 2019
New research has found that a newly tested medical device, called Sleeveballoon, mimics the effects of traditional bariatric surgery in rodents and produces impressive results on body weight, fatty liver and diabetes control.

Maternal obesity speeds up aging in offspring ... read more
October 10, 2019
The effects of maternal obesity even pass across generations to offspring, accelerating the rate of aging of metabolic problems that occur in normal life.

FODMAPs diet relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease ... read more
October 3, 2019
New research has found that a diet low in fermented carbohydrates has improved certain gut symptoms and improved health-related quality of life for sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Low birth weight linked to cardiovascular risk ... read more
October 3, 2019
In a recent study, researchers discovered that if children had a low birth weight, they were more likely to exhibit cardiovascular risk factors in fifth grade.

Heart failure and the obesity paradox ... read more
October 3, 2019
While obesity significantly increases your chances of developing heart failure, for those with established heart failure it may confer a survival benefit compared with normal weight or underweight individuals.

Metabolic discovery may help in fight against heart disease, diabetes ... read more
October 2, 2019
Researchers have uncovered a key step in how the human body metabolizes sugar, which could lead to better treatment and prevention of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Father's obesity in puberty doubles the risk of asthma in his future offspring ... read more
October 2, 2019
A new study shows that boys who are obese in pre-puberty have an over two times higher risk of having children with asthma than those who are not.

Food insecurity in young adults raises risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma ... read more
October 1, 2019
A paradox of food insecurity in wealthy countries is its association with excess weight. Now, a study finds that young adults in the United States who are food insecure not only are slightly more likely to be obese, they are significantly more likely to suffer from disorders associated with high body mass index, as well as obstructive airway diseases like asthma.

High-fructose and high-fat diet damages liver mitochondria ... read more
October 1, 2019
High levels of fructose in the diet inhibit the liver's ability to properly metabolize fat. This effect is specific to fructose. Indeed, equally high levels of glucose in the diet actually improve the fat-burning function of the liver.

Discovered new regulation for infant growth ... read more
October 1, 2019
Researchers have identified new genetic signals for the regulation of how infants grow. This may be a crucial step in the fight against growth-related diseases.

Cooking food alters the microbiome ... read more
September 30, 2019
Scientists have shown for the first time that cooking food fundamentally alters the microbiomes of both mice and humans, a finding with implications both for optimizing our microbial health and for understanding how cooking may have altered the evolution of the our microbiomes during human prehistory.

Molecule links weight gain to gut bacteria ... read more
September 27, 2019
Good bacteria that live in the guts of mammals program the metabolic rhythms that govern the body's absorption of dietary fat.

Researchers discover new, treatable pathway known to cause hypertension in obese people ... read more
September 26, 2019
There's no question that as body weight increases, so too does blood pressure. Now, in a study of mice, researchers have revealed exactly which molecules are likely responsible for the link between obesity and blood pressure. Blocking one of these molecules -- a signaling channel that's found in a tiny organ on the side of your neck -- effectively lowers blood pressure in obese mice.

Researchers apply fat cells to deliver drug to suppress tumor growth ... read more
September 25, 2019
Researchers have identified a new drug delivery pathway that may help stop tumor growth and keep cancer from coming back in mice.

'Report card' on diet trends: Low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day's calories ... read more
September 24, 2019
An 18-year 'report card' on the American diet shows adults are eating too many low-quality carbohydrates and more than the recommended daily amount of saturated fat.

Benefits and safety of FODMAP diet in children ... read more
September 24, 2019
The low FODMAP diet, a diet low in carbohydrates that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating and stomach pain, is a useful treatment in children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems, new research confirms.

Boosting daily nut consumption linked to less weight gain and lower obesity risk ... read more
September 23, 2019
Increasing nut consumption by just half a serving (14 g or ¬Ĺ oz) a day is linked to less weight gain and a lower risk of obesity, suggests a large, long term observational study.

Today's obesity epidemic may have been caused by childhood sugar intake decades ago ... read more
September 23, 2019
Current obesity rates in adults in the United States could be the result of dietary changes that took place decades ago, according to a new study.

Fat mass index, not BMI, associated with cardiovascular events in people with diabetes ... read more
September 23, 2019
In people with diabetes, fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events, according to new research.

Obesity associated with abnormal bowel habits -- not diet ... read more
September 18, 2019
Because researchers demonstrated for the first time that a strong association between obesity and chronic diarrhea is not driven by diet or physical activity, the findings could have important implications for how physicians might approach and treat symptoms of diarrhea in patients with obesity differently.

Deeper understanding of early life experiences can help combat chronic obesity and frequent bingeing ... read more
September 17, 2019
According to a new study, dysfunctional eating patterns and habits in overweight and obese adults can be triggered by early life experiences that are deeply rooted within patients' personality features.

New pathway that controls fat formation ... read more
September 17, 2019
In work suggesting new therapeutic targets to fight obesity, researchers have identified a novel mechanism that regulates the creation of fat in mammals.

Short-term study suggests vegan diet can boost gut microbes related to body weight, body composition and blood sugar control ... read more
September 16, 2019
New research suggests that a 16-week vegan diet can boost the gut microbes that are related to improvements in body weight, body composition and blood sugar control.

Overgrowth of baby in womb may begin weeks before women are tested for maternal diabetes ... read more
September 16, 2019
The excessive growth of a baby in the womb, a common complication of gestational diabetes, begins weeks before women are tested for the disease, according to new research.

Lack of sleep affects fat metabolism ... read more
September 16, 2019
A restricted-sleep schedule built to resemble an American work week made study participants feel less full after a fatty meal and altered their lipid metabolism. One night of recovery sleep helped, but didn't completely erase the effects of sleep restriction.

Obesity linked to a nearly 6-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with genetics and lifestyle also raising risk ... read more
September 16, 2019
Obesity is linked to a nearly 6-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), with high genetic risk and unfavorable lifestyle also increasing risk but to a much lesser extent.

Heart-healthy forager-farmers in lowland Bolivia are changing diets and gaining weight ... read more
September 16, 2019
A group of forager-farmers in Bolivia's tropical forests -- known for having remarkable cardiovascular health and low blood pressure -- experienced changes in body mass and diet over a nine-year period, with increased use of cooking oil being the most notable dietary change.

Humans more unique than expected when it comes to digesting fatty meals ... read more
September 12, 2019
People have very individualized inflammatory responses to eating a high-fat meal. These were the unexpected results of a study. They looked at the inflammatory reactions of volunteers at 0, three and six hours after eating a standardized meal containing 38% fat and their responses were completely unique. Like snowflakes, no two were exactly the same.

Why young females with obesity are at early risk for cardiovascular disease ... read more
September 11, 2019
In the face of obesity, the sex hormone progesterone that helps females get and stay pregnant appears to also put them at increased, early risk for cardiovascular disease, investigators report.

Why people gain weight as they get older ... read more
September 9, 2019
Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Now new research has uncovered why that is: lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during aging and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don't eat more or exercise less than before.

Scientists isolate protective proteins that influence outcomes for type 2 diabetes ... read more
September 9, 2019
Scientists have, for the first time, discovered a family of proteins that are associated with lower blood sugar levels among obese patients with type 2 diabetes, implying that those proteins are associated with a better control of the patient's disease.

High-fat diets affect your brain, not just your physical appearance ... read more
September 9, 2019
Much research has pointed to how an unhealthy diet correlates to obesity, but has not explored how diet can bring about neurological changes in the brain. A recent study has discovered that high-fat diets contribute to irregularities in the hypothalamus region of the brain, which regulates body weight homeostasis and metabolism.

Snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink tax to tackle obesity ... read more
September 4, 2019
Taxing high sugar snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, suggests a new study.

New mechanism that could counteract obesity ... read more
September 4, 2019
Obesity rates worldwide have nearly tripled since 1975. Now, new research has discovered, in rodents, critical mutations in molecules implicated in obesity, which may help inform the development of new anti-obesity therapies.

Long-term benefits of a low-fat diet ... read more
September 4, 2019
Researchers have identified several women's health benefits from a low-fat diet. The findings found a low-fat diet commensurate with an increase in fruit, vegetable and grain servings reduced death following breast cancer, slowed diabetes progression and prevented coronary heart disease.

Diet's effect on gut bacteria could play role in reducing Alzheimer's risk ... read more
September 3, 2019
Could following a certain type of diet affect the gut microbiome -- the good and bad bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract -- in ways that decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease? According to researchers, that is a fair possibility.

Why fruit flies eat practically anything ... read more
September 3, 2019
Researchers uncover why some organisms can eat anything -- 'generalists -- and others have strict diets -- 'specialists'. Using different Drosophila species the team found that diversity in diet stems from the flexible response to carbohydrates regulated by the TGF-?/Activin signaling pathway. Specialists accumulated metabolites under high carbohydrate conditions, culminating in reduced adaptation, while generalists do not.

Overweight kids actually eat less right after stressful events ... read more
September 3, 2019
A new study recently found that overweight adolescents -- considered particularly susceptible to stress eating -- actually ate less when exposed to a lab stressor.

Fat-absorbing XX chromosomes raise heart disease risk in women ... read more
September 3, 2019
New research in mice has confirmed that the presence of XX sex chromosomes increases the amount of fat circulating in the blood, which leads to narrowing of the arteries and ultimately a higher risk of heart attacks and coronary artery disease.

Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues, mouse study finds ... read more
August 29, 2019
Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice.

Gene therapy reduces obesity and reverses type 2 diabetes in mice ... read more
August 29, 2019
The obesity epidemic affects nearly half a billion people worldwide, many of them children. Obesity-related diseases including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer are a leading cause of preventable death. Researchers have now developed a gene therapy that specifically reduces fat tissue and reverses obesity-related metabolic disease in obese mice.

Waist size, not body mass index, may be more predictive of coronary artery disease ... read more
August 28, 2019
For years, women have been told that weight gain could lead to heart disease. A new study indicates that it is the location of the fat that matters most, with abdominal fat representing the greatest harm and not overall body mass index (BMI) when assessing risk for coronary artery disease (CAD).

The role of a single molecule in obesity ... read more
August 28, 2019
A single molecule, derived from cholesterol, lurks inside your bloodstream and will increase your body fat, even if you don't eat a diet filled with red meat and fried food. A biologist reports that reducing the levels of the molecule could result in reduced capacity for making fat.

Healthy foods more important than type of diet to reduce heart disease risk ... read more
August 28, 2019
Researchers examined the effects of three healthy diets emphasizing different macronutrients -- carbohydrates, proteins, or unsaturated fats -- on a biomarker that directly reflects heart injury.

High-protein bedtime snacks no problem for active women ... read more
August 28, 2019
In a study of women weight lifters, nutrition scientists showed that protein consumption before bed compared to protein consumption during the day does not disturb overnight belly fat metabolism or whole-body fat burn.

Better seizure control with ketogenic diet in infants with genetic epilepsy ... read more
August 27, 2019
Research shows that starting infants as young as 3 weeks old on the ketogenic diet is effective in treating epilepsy.

Kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods more likely to be obese as adults ... read more
August 27, 2019
Children who grow up in disadvantaged neighborhoods are nearly one-third more likely to experience obesity as adults, according to new research.

Clinical trial shows alternate-day fasting a safe alternative to caloric restriction ... read more
August 27, 2019
The largest clinical study of its kind to look at the effects of strict alternate-day fasting in healthy people has shown a number of health benefits. The participants alternated 36 hours of zero-calorie intake with 12 hours of unlimited eating.

Excess body fat increases the risk of depression ... read more
August 27, 2019
Carrying ten kilograms of excess body fat increases the risk of depression by seventeen per cent. The more fat, the greater the probability of developing depression.

High-fat diet in utero protects against Alzheimer's later ... read more
August 27, 2019
A high-fat diet can carry health risks, but for mothers-to-be, it may make all the difference when it comes to Alzheimer's disease prevention for their children. Reports show for the first time in animals that high maternal fat consumption during gestation protects offspring against changes in the brain that are characteristic of late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Obesity tied to weakened response to taste ... read more
August 26, 2019
Obesity is connected with a reduced response to taste, according to a new study.

Remodeling unhealthful gut microbiomes to fight disease ... read more
August 26, 2019
You are what you eat -- right down to the microbiome living in your gut. Today, scientists will report the development of molecules that can change, or remodel, unhealthful gut microbiomes in mice into more healthful ones. The research could also someday be applied to other conditions related to diet.

Study suggests weight loss regardless of psychiatric medication use ... read more
August 23, 2019
A new study suggests that individuals who take anti-depressants and/or anti-psychotics and participate in a weight management program can lose weight whether or not they take psychiatric medications, according to a new report. The study is the first to examine weight loss outcomes in individuals taking anti-depressants or anti-psychotics alone, in combination or not at all.

Certain metabolites linked to stem cell function in the intestine ... read more
August 22, 2019
Researchers have found that high levels of ketone bodies, molecules produced by the breakdown of fat, help the intestine to maintain a functional stem cell pool, which are crucial for intestinal regeneration.


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