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Belly fat resistant to every-other-day fasting ... read more
March 3, 2021
Scientists have mapped out what happens to fat deposits during intermittent fasting (every second day), with an unexpected discovery that some types of fat are more resistant to weight loss.

Accelerating gains in abdominal fat during menopause tied to heart disease risk ... read more
March 3, 2021
Women who experience an accelerated accumulation of abdominal fat during menopause are at greater risk of heart disease, even if their weight stays steady, according to a new analysis. The study -- based on a quarter century of data collected on hundreds of women -- indicates that measuring waist circumference during preventive health care appointments for midlife women could be a better early indicator of heart disease risk than weight or BMI.

Weight loss drug hope for patients with type 2 diabetes ... read more
March 2, 2021
Patients with type 2 diabetes that were treated with a weekly injection of the breakthrough drug Semaglutide were able to achieve an average weight loss of nearly 10kg, according to a new study.

High fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein ... read more
March 2, 2021
Consumption of a high fat diet may be activating a response in the heart that is causing destructive growth and lead to greater risk of heart attacks, according to new research.

Deciphering the genetics behind eating disorders ... read more
March 1, 2021
By analysing the genome of tens of thousand people, a team has discovering similarities between the genetic bases of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder, and those of psychiatric disorders. Eating disorders differ in their genetic association with anthropometric traits. Thus, genetic predisposition to certain weight traits may be a distinctive feature of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.

Genes identified that increase the risk of obesity but also protect against disease ... read more
February 26, 2021
Scientists have identified 62 genes that lead to both higher levels of body fat but a lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. These genes may help to keep body fat healthy, and open a new avenue for developing drugs that lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Anti-obesity medication shows promise in new study ... read more
February 24, 2021
Patients on a low-calorie diet along with intensive behavioral therapy lost nearly three times as much weight when taking a new anti-obesity medication, semaglutide, than when taking placebo, a new study has found.

Hormone helps prevent muscle loss in mice on high fat diets ... read more
February 23, 2021
A new study suggests that a hormone known to prevent weight gain and normalize metabolism can also help maintain healthy muscles in mice. The findings present new possibilities for treating muscle-wasting conditions associated with age, obesity or cancer, according to scientists.

Toddler sleep patterns matter ... read more
February 22, 2021
Researchers found that children with inconsistent sleep schedules have higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles. Her research also found that children from households with greater poverty had more overall inconsistent sleep onset times. But for families living in poverty, consistent bedtime scheduling may not be easily done, especially if a caregiver is the only parent, juggling multiple jobs, parenting multiple children or dealing with a tenuous housing situation.

Diets high in fructose could cause immune system damage, study suggests ... read more
February 22, 2021
People who consume a diet high in fructose could risk damaging their immune systems, a new study suggests.

3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body's immune response to obesity ... read more
February 17, 2021
Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to inflammation - leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disorders - and help direct future drug therapies to treat obesity.

Study links prolonged sedentary time to distractibility in adults with obesity, overweight ... read more
February 17, 2021
Scientists used accelerometers to track daily activity levels for a week in 89 adults with obesity or overweight and, in a series of tests, measured their ability to multitask and maintain their attention despite distractions. The study revealed that individuals who spent more sedentary time in bouts lasting 20 minutes or more were less able to overcome distractions.

The body produces new satiety factor during prolonged exercise ... read more
February 16, 2021
Researchers confirm that the hormone GDF15 is released in response to vigorous exercise, but likely not in sufficient quantity to affect behavior or appetite. These findings add nuance to a hormone that is currently under scrutiny for its potential as an anti-obesity medication.

Muscle factor that controls fat metabolism identified ... read more
February 16, 2021
Researchers have found that skeletal muscle significantly affects how the body stores and metabolizes fat.

Polynesian ancestry linked to obesity, heart failure and diabetes in Native Hawaiians ... read more
February 11, 2021
A new genetic study of Native Hawaiians finds that people who have a greater proportion of Polynesian ancestry in their genomes face a higher risk of obesity, Type-2 diabetes and heart failure.

'Gamechanger' drug for treating obesity cuts body weight by 20 percent ... read more
February 11, 2021
About one third (35 percent) of people who took a new drug for treating obesity lost more than one-fifth of their total body weight, according to a major global study.

More deaths in England and Scotland may be due to obesity and excess body fat than smoking ... read more
February 10, 2021
Obesity and excess body fat may have contributed to more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking since 2014, according to new research.

Mediterranean-style diet linked to better thinking skills in later life ... read more
February 10, 2021
People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet -- particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat -- are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with higher scores on a range of memory and thinking tests among adults in their late 70s, the research found. The study found no link, however, between the Mediterranean-style diet and better brain health.

Two studies shed light on how, where body can add new fat cells ... read more
February 3, 2021
Gaining more fat cells is probably not what most people want, although that might be exactly what they need to fight off diabetes and other diseases. How and where the body can add fat cells has remained a mystery - but two new studies from UT Southwestern provide answers on the way this process works.

Childhood diet has lifelong impact ... read more
February 3, 2021
Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new study in mice suggests.

Survival tip: Start at normal weight and slowly add pounds ... read more
February 2, 2021
People who start adulthood with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range and move later in life to being overweight - but never obese - tend to live the longest, a new study suggests. Adults in this category lived longer than even those whose BMI stayed in the normal range throughout their life. Those who started adulthood as obese and continued to add weight had the highest mortality rate.

When -- not what -- obese mice ate reduced breast cancer risk ... read more
January 25, 2021
Researchers report that intermittent fasting reduced breast cancer risk in obese mice.

Dietary adherence and the fight against obesity ... read more
January 25, 2021
While eating less and moving more are the basics of weight control and obesity treatment, finding ways to help people adhere to a weight-loss regimen is more complicated. Understanding what features make a diet easier or more challenging to follow can help optimize and tailor dietary approaches for obesity treatment.

Placental function can illuminate future disease in adults and children ... read more
January 22, 2021
Researchers have discovered a direct association between placental function in pregnant women and future metabolic disorders in children and adults, a finding that could lead to earlier intervention and diagnosis of disease.

Excess body weight linked with worse heart health even in people who exercise ... read more
January 21, 2021
Physical activity does not undo the negative effects of excess body weight on heart health, according to a new study.

Vegan diet significantly remodels metabolism in young children ... read more
January 21, 2021
Researchers report a comprehensive pilot study on the metabolic effects of full vegan diet on young children. The study found vegan children to have remarkably altered metabolism and lower vitamin A and D status compared to children with no special diet.

What happens to your body during tailgating ... read more
January 21, 2021
Researchers simulated a tailgating situation with a small group of overweight but healthy men and examined the impact of the eating and drinking on their livers using blood tests and a liver scan.

Study compares low-fat, plant-based diet to low-carb, animal-based diet ... read more
January 21, 2021
People on a low-fat, plant-based diet ate fewer daily calories but had higher insulin and blood glucose levels, compared to when they ate a low-carbohydrate, animal-based diet, according to a small but highly controlled study. The study compared the effects of the two diets on calorie intake, hormone levels, body weight, and more.

Brain pressure disorder that causes headache, vision problems on rise ... read more
January 20, 2021
A new study has found a brain pressure disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension is on the rise, and the increase corresponds with rising obesity rates.

Fatty acid may help combat multiple sclerosis, study finds ... read more
January 19, 2021
The abnormal immune system response that causes multiple sclerosis (MS) by attacking and damaging the central nervous system can be triggered by the lack of a specific fatty acid in fat tissue, according to a new study. The finding suggests that dietary change might help treat some people with the autoimmune disease.

Obese, snoring mini pigs show how air flows through the throat during sleep apnea ... read more
January 19, 2021
A study has found that obese Yucatan mini pigs have naturally occurring sleep apnea and that MRI scans taken while they're in sedated sleep can be used to gain new insights into what happens in the airways during sleep apnea episodes via computational flow dynamic (CFD) analysis.

Clumsy kids can be fit too ... read more
January 19, 2021
Clumsy kids can be as aerobically fit as their peers with better motor skills, a new study shows.

Successive governments' approach to obesity policies has destined them to fail ... read more
January 18, 2021
Government obesity policies in England over the past three decades have largely failed because of problems with implementation, lack of learning from past successes or failures, and a reliance on trying to persuade individuals to change their behavior rather than tackling unhealthy environments.

Changing diets -- not less physical activity -- may best explain childhood obesity crisis ... read more
January 18, 2021
Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet -- but not in total calories burned daily -- is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children's body fat, according to a new study that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic.

Short term low carbohydrate diet linked to remission of type 2 diabetes ... read more
January 13, 2021
Patients with type 2 diabetes who follow a strict low carbohydrate diet for six months may experience greater rates of remission compared with other recommended diets without adverse effects, a new study suggests.

MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson's disease ... read more
January 13, 2021
A new study suggests a strong correlation between following the MIND and Mediterranean diets and later onset of Parkinson's disease (PD). While researchers have long known of neuroprotective effects of the MIND diet for diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia, this study is the first to suggest a link between this diet and brain health for Parkinson's disease (PD).

Link between gut microbes, diet and illnesses revealed ... read more
January 11, 2021
Diets rich in healthy and plant-based foods encourages the presence of gut microbes that are linked to a lower risk of common illnesses including heart disease, research has found.

Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet ... read more
January 9, 2021
Researchers have reported diminished benefits of a Mediterranean diet among those with high frequency of eating unhealthy foods.

Tiny wireless device sheds light on combating obesity ... read more
January 8, 2021
In a new study, researchers have described a medical device that might help with weight loss and requires a simpler operative procedure for implantation.

Research shows a few beneficial organisms could play key role in treating type 2 diabetes ... read more
January 4, 2021
Researchers have found that a few organisms in the gut microbiome play a key role in type 2 diabetes, opening the door to possible probiotic treatments for a serious metabolic disease affecting roughly one in 10 Americans.

Study of 50,000 people finds brown fat may protect against numerous chronic diseases ... read more
January 4, 2021
By far the largest of its kind in humans, the study confirms and expands the health benefits of brown fat suggested by previous research.

Blood vessel cells implicated in chronic inflammation of obesity ... read more
December 31, 2020
When fat cells in the body are stuffed with excess fat, the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed. That chronic, low-level inflammation is one of the driving factors behind many of the diseases associated with obesity. Now, scientists have discovered a type of cell responsible, at least in mice, for triggering this inflammation in fat tissue. Their findings could eventually lead to new ways to treat obesity.

New drug combination could improve glucose and weight control in diabetes ... read more
December 22, 2020
Scientists have shown that adding an experimental cancer drug to a widely used diabetes treatment improves blood glucose control and weight loss in mice, according to a new study.

Talking to kids about weight: What the internet says and why researchers are wary ... read more
December 17, 2020
Researchers systematically reviewed numerous independently published guidelines for having conversations with children about weight status to analyze their content, consistency, actionability and scientific support. They recommend future guidelines unify their messages and be better supported by scholarly data.

Maternal diet during lactation shapes functional abilities of milk bacteria ... read more
December 16, 2020
The mother's diet while breastfeeding can shape the profile of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO), a type of complex carbohydrate in the mother's milk. Changing the HMOs, which are food and fodder for healthy microbes, in turn modifies the functional abilities of the milk microbiome.

Lipid identified in human breast milk may play important role in early childhood weight ... read more
December 16, 2020
A lipid metabolite called 12,13-diHOME is in human breast milk. The authors of the study propose that 12,13-diHOME, as well as linked pathway metabolites from breast milk, have a protective effect against obesity development in offspring. They also suggest that a single bout of maternal exercise may boost levels of the metabolite in breast milk and that may translate into benefits for offspring in terms of healthy growth and development.

An avocado a day keeps your gut microbes happy, study shows ... read more
December 15, 2020
Eating avocado as part of your daily diet can help improve gut health, a new study shows. Avocados are a healthy food that is high in dietary fiber and monounsaturated fat. However, it was not clear how avocados impact the microbes in the gastrointestinal system or 'gut.'

Kids gain weight when new convenience stores open nearby ... read more
December 10, 2020
A new study found that changes in the food environment around low-income and high-ethnic/racial minority populations over time impact childhood obesity. Increased availability of small grocery stores selling a selection of healthy items in close proximity to children's homes improves their weight status over time, whereas increased availability of convenience stores selling predominantly unhealthy foods is likely to be detrimental.

Obesity impairs immune cell function, accelerates tumor growth ... read more
December 9, 2020
A new study in mice finds that a high-fat diet allows cancer cells to outcompete immune cells for fuel, impairing immune function and accelerating tumor growth. Cancer cells do so by rewiring their metabolisms to increase fat consumption. Blocking this rewiring enhances anti-tumor immunity. The findings suggest new strategies to target cancer metabolism and improve immunotherapies.

Exercise may protect bone health after weight loss surgery ... read more
December 9, 2020
Although weight loss surgery is a highly effective treatment for obesity, it can be detrimental to bone health. A new study suggests that exercise may help address this shortcoming.

More years of obesity means higher risk of disease, study finds ... read more
December 8, 2020
A greater obesity duration is associated with worse values for all cardiometabolic disease factors, according to a new study.

Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of having another heart attack, study shows ... read more
December 4, 2020
A clinical study with 1,002 patients with heart disease shows the advantages of a Mediterranean diet compared to a low-fat diet.

AI abdominal fat measure predicts heart attack and stroke ... read more
December 2, 2020
Automated deep learning analysis of abdominal CT images produces a more precise measurement of body composition and predicts major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, better than overall weight or body mass index (BMI).

Lab results don't explain 'obesity paradox,' but bias may ... read more
December 1, 2020
Results of standard laboratory tests performed on adult outpatients to provide an overall picture of their health are fairly consistent between those with obesity and their leaner counterparts, investigators report.

Esports: Fit gamers challenge ‘fat’ stereotype ... read more
November 30, 2020
A new survey of 1400 participants from 65 countries has found esports players are up to 21 per cent healthier weight than the general population, hardly smoke and also drink less.

Obesity is not only the individual's responsibility ... read more
November 25, 2020
Analysis of survey results has revealed that in women, obesity is linked to various social and economic factors. In addition, this study is the first in Japan to illuminate the connection between abuse during childhood and obesity in adulthood. These results highlight the importance of taking these factors into account when implementing policies to tackle obesity.

Gut hormones' regulation of fat production abnormal in obesity, fatty liver disease ... read more
November 25, 2020
Gut hormones play an important role in regulating fat production in the body. One key hormone, released a few hours after eating, turns off fat production by regulating gene expression in the liver, but this regulation is abnormal in obesity, researchers found in a new study.

Research shows bariatric surgery may reduce severity of COVID-19 in patients with obesity ... read more
November 25, 2020
A new study shows that among patients who have obesity and who tested positive for COVID-19, a past history of bariatric surgery was significantly associated with a lower risk of hospital and intensive care unit admission.

Eating dried fruit may be linked with better diet quality and health markers ... read more
November 24, 2020
New research found that people who ate dried fruit were generally healthier than those who did not, and on days when people ate dried fruit they consumed greater amounts of some key nutrients than on days when they skipped. However, they also found that people consumed more total calories on days when they ate dried fruit.

Hormone found to switch off hunger could help tackle obesity ... read more
November 24, 2020
A hormone that can suppress food intake and increase the feeling of fullness in mice has shown similar results in humans and non-human primates, says a new study.


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