Posts Tagged ‘obesity causes’

Zeroing In on Receptors That Cause Obesity

August 22, 2017 — Among the complex web of factors that are causing obesity to rise, you will find the rise of drugs that cause weight gain. New antipsychotic drugs – like olanzapine or Zyprexa – are classic examples. They offer important benefits for people living with schizophrenia or bipolar disease. But they have a downside. They can cause obesity and metabolic […]

The Tangled Relationship Between Obesity and Depression

August 17, 2017 — Obesity and depression seem to travel together. This link is a tricky one and the nature of the relationship presents a real challenge for scientists to unravel. But one thing is sure. These two diseases are rising in parallel. An Unmistakable Rise in Severe Psychological Distress Look no further than the dramatic rise in deaths […]

Health at Risk: Connected (or Not), Isolated, and Lonely

August 8, 2017 — At the annual convention of the American Psychological Association Saturday, Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad warned that feeling lonely may surpass obesity as a health risk. She said: Robust evidence suggests social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality. The magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators. With an increasing aging […]

Better Sleep, Better Health, Less Obesity

July 30, 2017 — Seven to nine hours of sleep per night might significantly improve health and reduce obesity risk. A new study published in PLOS ONE finds that people who sleep only six hours per night have a waist that’s three centimeters bigger than people who get nine hours. With better sleep, the odds of diabetes drop as […]

Fast Food: Not So Downscale, Not So Scary

July 26, 2017 — Back in the day, we knew what was causing all this pesky obesity. Fast food. And we knew it was a downscale habit. The solutions were simple. A little education. A little regulation. Next Problem. Not Exactly Downscale But it turns out that fast food is not so downscale after all. An analysis to be […]

Six Hard Questions to Ask About Obesity Cause and Effect

July 25, 2017 — Yesterday, Kevin Fontaine and David Allison opened their third conference on causality in obesity research at the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. They explained the growing urgency to ask hard questions about cause and effect in obesity. Targeting Elusive Causes for Obesity For three decades, obesity prevalence has been growing relentlessly. And yet, we […]

When Encouragement Drifts Toward Offense

July 24, 2017 — These days, advice and encouragement comes to us all from many directions, and especially from social media. Subtle or blunt, empathetic or insufferable, it keeps coming. Recently a fitness expert warned us against telling people that obesity is highly heritable: This isn’t a helpful message. Instead, take the opportunity to make the point that a […]

Serving Mac and Cheese and Phthalates

July 15, 2017 — Mac and cheese sits near the top of the chart for America’s favorite comfort foods. But here’s a clearly discomforting thought. Yesterday, on National Mac and Cheese Day, we learned that those convenient dinners in a box have alarming levels of endocrine disrupting chemicals in them. Specifically, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) reports […]

Just How Bad Are Those TV Dinners?

July 8, 2017 — Here’s a bit of simple advice for eating healthy. Don’t eat in front of the TV. The advice is simple enough. But reality is not so simple. In a new study, Holly Raynor and Rachel Rosenthal found – to their surprise – that watching TV during a meal did not lead people to eat more. […]

Leptin and the OB Gene: A Toehold for Obesity Science

July 5, 2017 — More than 20 years ago, discovery of the ob (obesity) gene and the protein that it encodes – leptin – was a breakthrough for obesity science. Mice that lack the gene develop extreme obesity. And giving them the protein reverses it. Some people misleadingly dubbed it a satiety hormone. In Cell Metabolism, a new commentary by Jeffrey […]