5 Most Interesting Obesity Headlines for August 2014
Scientists say a gene mutation may cause early weight gain
Obesity Mutation MC4R Reveals more about the Pleasures of Overeating (Science World Report) - It is widely known that obesity is caused by eating too much and getting too little physical activity. Now scientists have found a genetic mutation that occurs in 1 percent of obese people and is a potential contributing factor to early weight gain. The study was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).Study shows obesity interrupts hormonal changes that effect pubertyChildhood Obesity to Blame for Early Puberty (Guardian News Website) - A study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) showed obesity interrupts hormonal changes in children and is the cause for early onset of puberty. Girls reached puberty at age 10.5 years in 2010 compared to 14.6 years in 1920.Women with BMI >25 by age 18 at high risk for RAObesity in Women Linked with Early RA (MedPage Today) - Researches reported online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases that women who are overweight or obese have an elevated risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis. Women who acquired their excess weight in late adolescence were at the highest risk. There was a 35 percent higher risk among those with a BMI of 25 or higher by age 18.Researchers identify a sweet spot for weight lossCuring Obesity Could be Possible Through a Neural Sweet Spot (Headlines and Global News) - Researchers at Yale University found test rodents ate less and were more resistant to a high-fat diet when the nuclear receptor PPARgamma was blocked. The animals ate a high fat and sugar diet and did not gain weight, whereas the control litter mates did. The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI).Scientists may hold key to revving up our fat burning enginesScripps Research Institute Scientists Find New Calorie-Burning Switch in Brown Fat (Medical News Today) - A study reported online in Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from biologists at The Scripps Research Institute sheds light on “brown fat thermogenesis." This calorie-burning process naturally stimulates weight loss and may protect against diabetes.
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