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Weight-reduction surgery for severely obese adults may prevent second heart attack, death ... read more
October 26, 2020
Adults with severe obesity (BMI >35) and a prior heart attack who undergo weight-reduction surgery may lower their risk of a second heart attack, major cardiovascular event, heart failure and death. The effect weight-reduction surgery had on the patients' weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and A1C (a Type 2 diabetes marker) seems to play a role in decreasing the risk of heart attack and death.

Obesity and disease tied to dramatic dietary changes ... read more
October 21, 2020
The 'mismatch hypothesis' argues that our bodies evolved to digest the foods that our ancestors ate, and that human bodies will struggle and largely fail to metabolize a radically new set of foods. This intuitive idea is hard to test directly, but the Turkana, a pastoralist population in remote Kenya, present a natural experiment: genetically homogenous populations whose diets stretch across a lifestyle gradient from relatively 'matched' to extremely 'mismatched' with their recent evolutionary history.

Vitamin A boosts fat burning in cold conditions ... read more
October 21, 2020
A recent study shows that cold ambient temperatures increase vitamin A levels in humans and mice. This helps convert 'bad' white adipose tissue into 'good' brown adipose tissue which stimulates fat burning and heat generation.

Big babies could be at higher risk of common heart rhythm disorder in adulthood ... read more
October 19, 2020
Elevated birth weight is linked with developing atrial fibrillation later in life, according to new research.

Teen brain differences linked to increased waist circumference ... read more
October 13, 2020
Differences in the microstructure of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), a region in the brain that plays an important role in processing food and other reward stimuli, predict increases in indicators of obesity in children, according to a new study.

Television advertising limits can reduce childhood obesity, study concludes ... read more
October 13, 2020
Limiting the hours of television advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) could make a meaningful contribution to reducing childhood obesity, according to a new study.

Inflammatory gene provides clue to obesity risk ... read more
September 29, 2020
A gene that helps to control inflammation increases the risk of obesity and could be turned off in mice to stop weight gain, a study has found.

Genetic risk of developing obesity is driven by variants that affect the brain ... read more
September 29, 2020
Some people are at higher risk of developing obesity because they possess genetic variants that affect how the brain processes sensory information and regulates feeding and behavior. The findings support a growing body of evidence that obesity is a disease whose roots are in the brain.

Genetic differences in body fat shape men and women's health risks ... read more
September 28, 2020
New findings about body fat help explain the differing health risks men and women face - and set the stage for better, more targeted treatments.

World first study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity ... read more
September 24, 2020
A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

Does a healthy diet counter the ill-effects of obesity? ... read more
September 17, 2020
A healthy quality Mediterranean-like diet partially modifies the association between obesity and cardiovascular mortality, according to a new study.

Time-restricted feeding improves health without altering the body's core clock ... read more
September 17, 2020
For the first time, scientists have studied the early effects of time-restricted feeding on the daily periodic oscillations of metabolites and genes in muscle, and metabolites in blood. The findings find that time-restricted feeding does not influence the muscle's core clock, and opens the door to more research on how these observed changes improve health.

A ferry protein in the pancreas protects it from the stress induced by a high-fat diet ... read more
September 16, 2020
Scientists have now uncovered a key mechanism by which pancreatic function is maintained in response to a high-fat diet. A protein present in pancreatic insulin-producing cells protects them from damage under the stress induced by a high-fat diet. As the world increases its intake of high-fat foods and as type 2 diabetes incidence rises as a result, this protein could be a novel therapeutic target for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Factors inherent to obesity could increase vulnerability to COVID-19 ... read more
September 16, 2020
Conditions related to obesity, including inflammation and leaky gut, leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19 and may explain why they are more likely to die from the disease, scientists say. They suggest that drugs used to lower inflammation in the lungs could prove beneficial to obese patients with the disease.

Healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy could lead to healthier children ... read more
September 11, 2020
New research shows improving the lifestyle of women with obesity during pregnancy could mean long-term cardiovascular benefits for their children.

Fatter legs linked to reduced risk of high blood pressure ... read more
September 10, 2020
Adults with a higher percentage of fat tissue in their legs were less likely than those with a lower percentage to have high blood pressure. Research findings held true even after adjusting for age, sex, race and ethnicity, education, smoking, alcohol use, cholesterol levels and waist fat, although to a lesser degree.

Does the Mediterranean diet protect against rheumatoid arthritis? ... read more
September 10, 2020
Previous research has demonstrated a variety of health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, cereals, fruit and vegetables, fish, and a moderate amount of dairy, meat, and wine. Now results suggest that the diet may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who smoke or used to smoke.

Probiotics may help manage childhood obesity ... read more
September 7, 2020
Probiotics may help children and adolescents with obesity lose weight when taken alongside a calorie-controlled diet, according to a new study. The study found that obese children who were put on a calorie-restricted diet and given probiotics Bifidobacterium breve BR03 and Bifidobacterium breve B632, lost more weight and had improved insulin sensitivity compared with children on a diet only.

Offspring of mice fed imbalanced diets shown to be neurologically 'programmed' for obesity ... read more
September 4, 2020
Pregnant mice fed diets high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats are shown in a new study to produce offspring whose brains had a higher level of dopamine-producing neurons -- the neurological reward system. These mice went on to chase hyper-caloric diets, suggesting that the fats in a pregnant mother's diet may control the eating habits of her children, and potentially offering a new obesity-prevention strategy.

Obesity may alter immune system response to COVID-19 ... read more
September 3, 2020
Obesity may cause a hyperactive immune system response to COVID-19 infection that makes it difficult to fight off the virus, according to a new paper.

Body mass index is a more powerful risk factor for diabetes than genetics ... read more
August 31, 2020
Losing weight could prevent or even reverse diabetes, according to new research.

Infants in households with very low food security may have greater obesity risk ... read more
August 28, 2020
Infants from households reporting very low 'food security,' a measure of access to adequate and healthy meals, tend to weigh more than those from households with relatively high food security.

Following 'Eatwell Guide' diet could reduce your risk of dying early and lower your environmental footprint ... read more
August 26, 2020
Adhering to Public Health England's 'Eatwell Guide' of a balanced diet could reduce your chance of dying prematurely and lower your environmental footprint, according to a new study.

Transplanted brown-fat-like cells hold promise for obesity and diabetes ... read more
August 26, 2020
A potential therapy for obesity would transplant HUMBLE (human brown-like) fat cells, human white fat cells that have been genetically modified using CRISPR to become similar to heat-generating brown fat cells.

Obesity linked with higher risk for COVID-19 complications ... read more
August 26, 2020
From COVID-19 risk to recovery, the odds are stacked against those with obesity, and a new study raises concerns about the impact of obesity on the effectiveness of a future COVID-19 vaccine.

No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers ... read more
August 24, 2020
Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be advised to avoid caffeine because the evidence suggests that maternal caffeine consumption is associated with negative pregnancy outcomes and that there is no safe level of consumption, finds an analysis of observational studies.

Study focuses on low-carb, high-fat diet effect on older populations ... read more
August 20, 2020
Medical researchers noted improvements in body composition, fat distribution and metabolic health in response to an eight-week very low-carbohydrate diet. Older adults with obesity are at particularly high risk of developing cardiometabolic disease such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Rather than total fat mass, deposition of fat in certain areas, such as the abdominal cavity and skeletal muscle, may confer this greatest risk of disease development.

Relationship between COVID-19 deaths and morbid obesity ... read more
August 20, 2020
The prevalence of morbid obesity in a population is associated with negative outcomes from COVID-19, according to a new analysis of morbid obesity data and reported COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Generic public health messages work best at shifting dietary behaviors ... read more
August 20, 2020
A new health economics study warns that health information which offers specific advice tailored to individuals can inadvertently often backfire.

How protein protects against fatty liver ... read more
August 18, 2020
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease in the world, with sometimes life-threatening consequences. A high-protein, calorie-reduced diet can cause the harmful liver fat to melt away -- more effectively than a low-protein diet. A new study shows which molecular and physiological processes are potentially involved.

More fructose in diet during pregnancy impacts metabolism of offspring, animal study finds ... read more
August 18, 2020
An increased level of fructose intake during pregnancy can cause significant changes in maternal metabolic function and milk composition and alter the metabolism of their offspring, according to research in guinea pigs.

Long-term exposure to traffic noise may impact weight gain in the UK population ... read more
August 17, 2020
A new study has found a connection between traffic noise and obesity. Long-term exposure to road traffic noise, such as living near a motorway or on a busy road, was associated with an increase in body mass index and waist circumference, which are key markers of obesity.

Weight between young adulthood and midlife linked to early mortality ... read more
August 14, 2020
A new study finds that changes in weight between young adulthood and midlife may have important consequences for a person's risk of early death.

Strict diet explains metabolic effect of gastric bypass surgery ... read more
August 13, 2020
In many studies, bariatric surgery has been highlighted as an almost magical method for weight loss and reversing type 2 diabetes. One question that has remained largely unanswered is how the effect of surgery differs from the effects of a strict low-calorie diet.

Plant-based 'meats' improve some cardiovascular risk factors compared with red meat ... read more
August 11, 2020
Swapping out red meat for certain plant-based meat alternatives can improve some cardiovascular risk factors, according to a new study.

Excess weight among pregnant women may interfere with child's developing brain ... read more
August 11, 2020
Obesity in expectant mothers may hinder the development of the babies' brains as early as the second trimester, a new study finds.

Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function ... read more
August 5, 2020
As a person's weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study.

Scientists discover the switch that makes human brown fat burn energy ... read more
August 5, 2020
The receptor responsible for activating the energy-burning property of brown fat in humans has been identified. The next step is to investigate drugs that fit the receptor and trigger the response as a means to treat obesity and type-2 diabetes.

Plant-based diets shown to lower blood pressure even with limited meat and dairy ... read more
July 24, 2020
Consuming a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure even if small amounts of meat and dairy are consumed too, according to new research.

Pizza study shows body copes surprisingly well with one-off calorie indulgence ... read more
July 24, 2020
Young men can eat twice as much food as they need to feel 'full', research shows.

How neurons reshape inside body fat to boost its calorie-burning capacity ... read more
July 22, 2020
Scientists have found that a hormone tells the brain to dramatically restructure neurons embedded in fat tissue. Their work widens our understanding of how the body regulates its energy consumption, and how obesity might be treated in the future.

Increased blood sugar levels may decrease benefits of aerobic exercise ... read more
July 20, 2020
Some benefits of aerobic exercise may be dampened by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, a condition known as hyperglycemia. These diminished gains are seen in mouse models and humans with chronic hyperglycemia that is in the 'prediabetes' range.

High-fat diet with antibiotic use linked to gut inflammation ... read more
July 15, 2020
Researchers have found that combining a Western-style high-fat diet with antibiotic use significantly increases the risk of developing pre- inflammatory bowel disease. This combination shuts down the mitochondria in cells of the colon lining, leading to gut inflammation. Mesalazine can help restart the mitochondria and treat pre-IBD condition.

How long should you fast for weight loss? ... read more
July 15, 2020
Two daily fasting diets, also known as time-restricted feeding diets, are effective for weight loss, according to a new study. The study reported results from a clinical trial that compared a 4-hour time-restricted feeding diet and a 6-hour time-restricted feeding diet to a control group.

Obesity and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for severe influenza, COVID-19 ... read more
July 15, 2020
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from viral infection, according to a new review.

New, remote weight-loss method helped slash pounds ... read more
July 14, 2020
A new remote weight-loss program, called Opt-IN, provides maximum weight loss for the lowest cost and with much less hassle than the gold-standard National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the most successful behavioral non-drug treatment currently available.

Healthier school food and physical activity environments matter for childhood obesity ... read more
July 8, 2020
Students at elementary and secondary schools that offer healthier food offerings and more opportunities for physical activities have a healthier body mass index, according to researchers. The study, published in Preventive Medicine Reports, uses professional measures of students' height and weight -- the gold standard for studying childhood obesity -- in a study on the effects of a school's food offerings and physical activity environment.

Bacteria in infants' first stool may indicate their risk of obesity ... read more
July 8, 2020
Meconium--the earliest stool of an infant -- is composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus. A new study found that the types of normal bacteria found in the meconium may predict an infant's likelihood of later developing obesity.

Diet and familial hypercholesterolemia ... read more
July 6, 2020
People diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia have long been instructed to minimize their consumption of saturated fats to lower cholesterol and reduce their risks of heart disease. But a new study found no evidence to support those claims.

A vaccine targeting aged cells mitigates metabolic disorders in obese mice ... read more
June 30, 2020
Researchers developed a novel vaccine that removes senescent T cells from adipose tissues. They showed that vaccinated obese mice had improved glucose tolerance and insulin resistance without showing severe adverse events. These findings could help develop a novel therapeutic tool.

Common food additive causes adverse health effects in mice ... read more
June 25, 2020
A common food additive, recently banned in France but allowed in the US and many other countries, was found to significantly alter gut microbiota in mice, causing inflammation in the colon and changes in protein expression in the liver, according to new research.

Urine test reveals quality of your diet -- and whether it's the best fit for your body ... read more
June 22, 2020
Scientists have completed large-scale tests on a new type of five-minute urine test that measures the health of a person's diet, and produces an individual's unique urine 'fingerprint'.

Vegetarians tend to be slimmer and less extroverted than meat eaters, study finds ... read more
June 15, 2020
The less animal products someone consumes, the lower his body mass index on average and the less he tends to be extroverted. A connection with depressive moods as other studies had found could not be confirmed.

New approach to turning on the heat in energy-burning fat cells ... read more
June 12, 2020
Researchers have discovered a new set of signals that cells send and receive to prompt one type of fat cell to convert fat into heat. The signaling pathway, discovered in mice, has potential implications for activating this same type of thermogenic fat in humans.

Breastfeeding helps counteracts BMI gain in children at high risk for obesity ... read more
June 11, 2020
For people whose genes put them at risk of becoming obese, exclusive breastfeeding as a baby can help ward off weight gain later in life.

People who eat a late dinner may gain weight ... read more
June 11, 2020
Eating a late dinner may contribute to weight gain and high blood sugar, according to a small study.

Essential components of dietary restriction revealed ... read more
June 9, 2020
Studies have provided a new understanding into the roles two essential amino acids play in metabolic health, which may help scientists in the fight against obesity.

'Fat burning' molecule has implications for treatment of obesity ... read more
June 8, 2020
Scientists have recently identified a small mitochondrial uncoupler, named BAM15, that decreases the body fat mass of mice without affecting food intake and muscle mass or increasing body temperature.

COVID-19 lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, study finds ... read more
June 3, 2020
Lockdowns implemented across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted diet, sleep and physical activity among children with obesity, according to new research.

An imbalance of electrons in the liver may be a common risk factor for disease ... read more
May 28, 2020
Researchers have uncovered an unexpected connection between an imbalance of electrons in liver cells and many metabolic problems that increase the risk for conditions such as cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.


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