Genetics

Researchers find new mutation in the leptin gene

The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity. Texas Biomed Staff Scientist Raul Bastarrachea, M.D., is part of a team that discovered a new mutation in the gene that regulates the ...

Health

Oversized meals have been shown to be a factor in obesity

Restaurants frequently serve oversized meals, not only in the United States but also in many other countries, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers and supported by FAPESP—São Paulo Research ...

Overweight & Obesity

Leveraging restaurant menus to combat obesity

Customers at chain restaurants throughout the United States will start to see more menus that list calorie counts for different food options on the list, but will this motivate people to order healthier items?

Overweight & Obesity

Individual, societal changes needed to combat obesity

Fighting the obesity epidemic in the U.S. will require changes at both the individual and societal level, according to a review paper published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This paper is part ...

Overweight & Obesity

Childhood obesity grows annual health bill

Childhood obesity is costing Australian taxpayers $43.2 million annually—not including the cost of hospital care—and will grow unless prevention programs are adopted, new research by Monash University shows.

Health

US blocks UN health panel from backing taxes on sugar drinks

The Trump administration has torpedoed a plan to recommend higher taxes on sugary drinks, forcing a World Health Organization panel to back off the U.N. agency's previous call for such taxes as a way to fight obesity, diabetes ...

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