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Tackling obesity in Oxfordshire: soups, smartphones and supermarket shopping

Do 'meal replacements' actually help you to lose weight in the long-term? Is weighing yourself every day enough to prevent obesity? Could feedback on ...

Healthy fat stem cells can protect against obesity-associated type 2 diabetes

Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over three million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, ...

Gastric Bypass is Better than Other Procedures for Sustainable Weight Loss

DURHAM, N.C. -- Gastric bypass surgery is more effective for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance than are other surgical procedures and non-surgical treatment, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health and the Durham VA Medical Center. ... Full story

A few extra pounds can’t hurt you — or can they?

Global study contradicts a previous finding that being overweight increases longevity ... Full story

Calorie-Burning ‘Good’ Fat Can Be Protected, Says Study

Preventing Beige Fat Cells From Digesting Their Own Energy Sources Reduces Obesity and Pre-Diabetic Symptoms in Mice ... Full story

Research note: Yale researchers find new molecular regulator of eating

A set of neurons previously linked to lactation in women may also play a key role in regulating eating and body weight, a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found. ... Full story

Brains of overweight people 'ten years older' than lean counterparts at middle-age

From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions. ... Full story

Higher BMI not associated with increased risk of heart attack or death, study shows

A study of 4,046 genetically identical twin pairs with different amounts of body fat shows that twin siblings with a higher Body Mass Index, as a measure of obesity, do not have an increased risk of heart attack or mortality. The study, conducted by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden, also shows that a higher BMI is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The study is published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. ... Full story

Online intervention helps sustain weight loss

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight. ... Full story

Newly Identified 'Thrifty' Genetic Variant May Explain Samoan Obesity

CINCINNATI—A new study involving researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) reports that a newly discovered genetic variant, affecting energy metabolism and fat storage, may partly explain why Samoans, a semi-isolated Polynesian population, have among the world’s highest levels of obesity. ... Full story

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