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Metabolic changes in fat tissue in obesity associated with adverse health effects ... read more
April 9, 2021
A twin study indicates that the machinery responsible for energy handling in fat tissue is working poorly in obesity. In the study, a clear reduction was seen in the activity of mitochondrial genes in obesity in fat tissue, while similar genome-level change in muscle mitochondria was minor. A link with adverse health effects was identified in the mitochondria of fat tissue only.

Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults ... read more
April 9, 2021
Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new research.

Health benefits of breastfeeding, for mother: Lactation and visceral, pericardial fat ... read more
April 9, 2021
As demonstrated by multiple studies, women who breastfeed have a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, though the mechanisms by which these risks are reduced for lactating women are still not fully understood. Scientists recently completed a study to see if the presence of excess fat, specifically visceral and pericardial fat, could help explain this finding.

Leptin puts the brakes on eating via novel neurocircuit ... read more
April 6, 2021
A new study in mice describes novel neurocircuitry between midbrain structures that control feeding behaviors that are under modulatory control by leptin, a hormone made by body fat. Since the discovery of leptin in the 1990s, researchers have wondered how leptin can suppress appetite.

Weight loss changes people's responsiveness to food marketing ... read more
April 1, 2021
A new study reveals that people with obesity tend to be more responsive to food marketing -- but when their weight drops significantly, so does their responsiveness to marketing.

Selenium supplementation protects against obesity and may extend lifespan ... read more
March 30, 2021
Adding the nutrient selenium to diets protects against obesity and provides metabolic benefits to mice, according to a new study.

Kids' metabolic health can be improved with exercise during pregnancy: here's why ... read more
March 30, 2021
Many previous studies have linked increased maternal body weight and unhealthy diets to poorer metabolic outcomes in offspring, often many years later. Understanding the mechanisms of how maternal exercise can reverse these effects might lead to interventions that prevent these diseases transmitting across generations.

Fasting can be an effective way to start a diet ... read more
March 30, 2021
Those who need to change their eating habits to normalize their blood pressure should start with a fast. Scientists explain why patients can use it as a tool to improve their health in the long term.

Correcting altered brain circuit could tackle coinciding obesity and depression ... read more
March 26, 2021
Researchers have identified and characterized a novel neural circuit that mediates the reciprocal control of obesity and depression in mouse models, and a potential therapy.

More protein doesn't mean more strength in resistance-trained middle-aged adults ... read more
March 25, 2021
A 10-week muscle-building and dietary program involving 50 middle-aged adults found no evidence that eating a high-protein diet increased strength or muscle mass more than consuming a moderate amount of protein while training. The intervention involved a standard strength-training protocol with sessions three times per week. None of the participants had previous weightlifting experience.

Physical activity helps curb low-grade inflammation in children ... read more
March 23, 2021
According to a recent study, accumulating more brisk and vigorous physical activity can curb adiposity-induced low-grade inflammation. The study also reported that diet quality had no independent association with low-grade inflammation.

Total knee replacement a cost-effective treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis ... read more
March 23, 2021
Taking into consideration costs of forgoing versus pursuing total knee replacement, researchers found that across older and younger age groups, TKR is a cost-effective treatment for these patients.

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with obesity are significantly more likely to need ICU care ... read more
March 21, 2021
People with obesity who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have a significantly higher rate of ICU admissions and longer duration of ICU stay compared to people with a normal body mass index (BMI), according to a new study.

Dieting suppresses 'cellular engines', weight loss surgery gives boost to mitochondria ... read more
March 18, 2021
Dieting impairs the energy-producing machinery of fat tissue, potentially resulting in weight regain. In contrast, as indicated by a recent study, weight loss surgery gives a boost to mitochondria, improving the gene expression of these cellular engines.

In women, higher body fat may protect against heart disease death, study shows ... read more
March 16, 2021
A new study shows that while men and women who have high muscle mass are less likely to die from heart disease, it also appears that women who have higher levels of body fat -- regardless of their muscle mass -- have a greater degree of protection than women with less fat.

The fitter you are the better you burn fat ... read more
March 16, 2021
Physiologists find that the biggest predictors of people's ability to burn fat are their biological sex and their fitness levels.

Consumption of added sugar doubles fat production ... read more
March 16, 2021
Too much sugar is unhealthy - that we know, but it's not just down to the many calories. Even moderate amounts of added fructose and sucrose double the body's own fat production in the liver, researchers have shown. In the long term, this contributes to the development of diabetes or a fatty liver.

Pick up the pace! Slow walkers four times more likely to die from COVID-19, study finds ... read more
March 16, 2021
Slow walkers are almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19, and have over twice the risk of contracting a severe version of the virus, according to researchers in a new study.

Exercise during pregnancy may save kids from health problems as adults ... read more
March 15, 2021
One day soon, a woman's first trip to the doctor after conceiving may include a prescription for an exercise program.

Insulin rises before cells develop resistance, new diabetes research implies ... read more
March 15, 2021
Researchers have now presented results that may change our basic view of how type 2 diabetes occurs. Their study indicates that free fatty acids (FFAs) in the blood trigger insulin release even at a normal blood-sugar level, without an overt uncompensated insulin resistance in fat cells.

Stress reduction as a path to eating less fast food ... read more
March 11, 2021
Overweight low-income mothers of young kids ate fewer fast-food meals and high-fat snacks after participating in a study - not because researchers told them what not to eat, but because the lifestyle intervention being evaluated helped lower the moms' stress, research suggests.

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.


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