Tag Archives: obesity

Does traffic noise increase the risk of obesity?

There is an association between road traffic noise and the risk of obesity among people who are particularly sensitive to noise, according to a study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Previously, a Swedish study reported

Why do obese individuals choose to be active?

Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 are labelled obese and urged to lose weight. This often includes encouraging physical activity, but most individuals who lose weight regain the weight they lost. Without weight loss,

Is high energy intake driving weight gain?

Overweight and obesity have become a major burden in modern society due to the detrimental effects of excess body weight on various health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is commonly assumed that overweight and obese

Fatty liver disease: a condition caused by modern day lifestyle

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to the build-up of fat (steatosis) in the liver that occurs in the setting of obesity and/or diabetes. Specifically, other causes such as alcohol excess or drugs or genetic conditions need

Exciting new research development in the treatment of obesity

Obesity is a major problem in the United States. In fact, it is a worldwide epidemic.  One third of the US population is overweight. Another third is Obese.  The definition of obesity is a Body Mass Index

A natural compound called rutin may shade light on diabetes therapy

Diabetes and its major risk factor, obesity, have become a world-wide epidemic and cause of suffering for millions of people. There is still no drug of cure for diabetes and the currently available drugs suffer from a

Prader-Willi syndrome: most common genetic cause of life-threatening obesity

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare complex multisystem genetic disorder. It is recognized as the most common known genetic cause of obesity in humans which can be life-threatening, if not controlled. PWS affects about 1 in 15,000

The unappreciated role of the median eminence in energy balance regulation

Obesity results from a sustained imbalance between calorie intake and energy expenditure. It is associated with an increased risk of developing a variety of medical conditions that are widespread in Western countries, such as type 2 diabetes

Obesity protects inflamed dialysis patients

A high body mass index (BMI) is linked to longer survival terms for several serious chronic debilitating diseases. A large European epidemiological study shows that this protective effect does not apply to all patients with a high

How much does obesity contribute to health inequality? Evidence from 18 European countries

Obesity is an important risk factor for a number of serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, ischemic heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Secondly, obesity rates differ between groups with different levels of education. Given these two facts

Who’s calling for weight loss? Messages from the current literature

One-third of adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese. This is a significant public health concern because obese children are more likely to develop conditions once seen only in adults, including high blood pressure, type 2

Metabolic regulation by the intestinal hormone FGF19: From basic science to clinical application

Physiological adaptations of our body to changes in nutritional status induced by fasting or food intake occur various times per day and are crucial to maintain a healthy metabolic state. To meet this requirement, our body is

The future of Laron syndrome

Laron syndrome (LS) first described 50 years ago in 1966 is with few exceptions a genetic form of severe short stature, found in the majority of instances in patients originating from the Mediterranean, Middle East and South Asian

Obesity causes lung dysfunction and breathing troubles by increased cysteinyl leukotrienes pathway

Increased body weight is a chronic health problem which has emanated from the globalized food market and dietary habit. This has led to the different types of ailments which occur in obese individual simultaneously and referred to

How does social class affect obesity in emerging countries? The case of Mexico

Brought on by rapid economic growth and urbanization, overweight, obesity and related diseases reached dramatic levels in the developing world, particularly among emerging countries such as Mexico. More than 2/3 of Mexicans are overweight and almost 1/3