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NYU Researchers Examine Obesity Perceptions Among Chinese-American Adults in NYC

Study finds one-third of Chinese Americans did not perceive their body weight correctly. ...

UW Study Finds Shift Workers More Likely to be Overweight, Have Problems Sleeping

Madison, Wisconsin - The nine-to-five, Monday through Friday regimen most of us plan our lives around provides certain conveniences that shift work ...

Obese male mice produce more disease-promoting immune cells than females

Study suggests fatty diets reprogram blood stem cells in male mice, promoting metabolic disease ... Full story

Priority actions identified to tackle child obesity

New Zealand health experts have endorsed three priority policy actions to tackle child and adolescent obesity. ... Full story

Obesity and weight loss change splicing pattern of obesity and type 2 diabetes genes

Alternative splicing of obesity and type 2 diabetes related genes may contribute to the pathophysiology of obesity, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. Obesity leads to changes in the splicing pattern of metabolically relevant genes such as TCF7L2 and INSR, resulting in impaired insulin action. However, weight loss, induced by either obesity surgery or a very low-calorie diet, reverses these changes. The findings, presented by Dorota Kaminska, MSc, in her doctoral dissertation, increase our understanding of splicing dysregulations in obesity and can result in a new, more targeted treatment and more accurate diagnostics of metabolic disorders. ... Full story

Obese 4-5 year olds likely to remain overweight throughout their primary school life

A new study, published in The Journal of Public Health which examined changes in BMI* in children aged 4-11 years, found that that the number of obese children approximately doubles between the first and last years of primary school and that children who are obese when they start school are likely to continue to be overweight by the time they leave for secondary school. ... Full story

Researcher exploring why obesity strikes so hard among Mexican-American boys

Fifteen percent of non-Hispanic white children in the United States are obese, but among Mexican-American boys the figure is a much more troubling 23 percent. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Angelina Sutin, a researcher in the Florida State University College of Medicine, will spend the next three years untangling the roots of that disparity. ... Full story

UC-Led Obesity Research Finds Leptin Hormone Isn't the Overeating Culprit

For years, scientists have pointed to leptin resistance as a possible cause of obesity. Research led by investigators at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Metabolic Diseases Institute, however, found that leptin action isn’t the culprit. ... Full story

Certain Treatments for Childhood Cancer May Increase Obesity Risk Later in Life

Individuals who had cancer as a child may be at increased risk of being obese due to the therapies they received during their youth. The finding comes from a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest the need for effective counseling and weight loss interventions for certain childhood cancer survivors. ... Full story

Blocking obesity-associated protein stops dangerous fat formation

By changing mouse genes to block a protein associated with obesity, Oxford University scientists have prevented fat from forming around the animals' internal organs, even when the animals eat an unhealthy diet. The study in Nature Medicine found that these genetically engineered mice also retained their sensitivity to insulin (normally blunted by obesity), despite gaining weight. ... Full story

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