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Scientists publish work on combating constant hunger

A plant-derived substance widely used in traditional Chinese medicine has demonstrated promising weight loss effects



Mother’s genes work with baby’s to prevent obesity

Scientists uncover how copies of a gene present in both mother and baby interact to control optimal growth of the child



One in four has alarmingly few intestinal bacteria

International ground-breaking research with participation of Danish investigators from University of Copenhagen shows that one in four Danes has serious problems with the trillion of bacteria living in their intestines.



Sleeping habits linked to increase in obesity

Findings emphasise that while genetics have a large role to play in obesity, lifestyle also plays an important role



Unlocking the secrets of global diseases

Phenomics can advance precision medicine through enabling better understanding of diseases of worldwide significance



2.7 billion adults will be overweight by 2025

Governments urged to take urgent action to fulfil their commitment to halt the rise in obesity



Stevia: the fast growing alternative to sugar

Natural sweetener derived from a plant native to Central and South America



Genetic mutation causes obesity

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a genetic cause of severe obesity which, although rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy use.



Higher incidence of morbidity in obese children in Sweden than in Germany

More than one in six children in Sweden who are obese also have pre-diabetes. This has been demonstrated in a large study of more than 35,000 children from Sweden and Germany conducted at Karolinska Institutet and published in the scientific periodical International Journal of Obesity.



Rare pregnancy condition programmes babies to become overweight in later life

Babies born to mothers who suffer from a rare metabolic complication during pregnancy are programmed to be overweight, according to a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.



Obesity increases the risk of preterm delivery

The risk of preterm delivery increases with maternal overweight and obesity, according to a new Swedish study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).



Body fat hardens arteries after middle age

Having too much body fat makes arteries become stiff after middle age, a new study has revealed.



Breakthrough in neuroscience could help re-wire appetite control

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a discovery in neuroscience that could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.



‘Master switch’ gene for obesity and diabetes discovered

Study highlights the regulatory gene as a possible target for future treatments to fight these diseases



Obesity theories from thrifty to drifty: why some people are lean and others fat

What we eat and how we eat, what shape and weight we are, and how we view ourselves and our bodies, is the outcome of a complex web of physiological, psychological, cultural and social factors



Seaweed to tackle rising tide of obesity

Seaweed could hold the key to tackling obesity after it was found it reduces fat uptake by more than 75 per cent, new research has shown.



Stress hormone, depression trigger obesity

Depression raises stress hormone levels in adolescent boys and girls but may lead to obesity only in girls, according to researchers.



Role of protein pair in obesity regulation

New research by scientists implicates a new protein in obesity development and highlights a protein pair's "team effort" in regulating obesity and insulin resistance.



Insight into pathway linked to obesity

A study provides insight on weight control, suggesting that a ATP-sensitive potassium channel critical to survival and stress adaptation can contribute to fat deposition and obesity.



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