Posts Tagged ‘obesity causes’

Does Addictive Junk Food Explain Obesity?

April 26, 2017 — Why are we living with so much obesity? If you ask the public, this question has different answers in different cultures. New data, being presented today at the Canadian Obesity Summit in Banff, suggests that addictive junk food is an especially popular explanation for the problem – especially with Brazilians and French Canadians. Different Beliefs in Brazil, […]

Filling the Gaps in Obesity Care

April 7, 2017 — At the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions presented a workshop with 27 expert speakers covering the full range of challenges in treating obesity. It started with current options. It extended to pathways for innovation and considerations of payment systems and health policy. One thing was abundantly clear. We have many underused […]

Obesity Risk: Sleeping in Your Genes

April 6, 2017 — The eternal question of obesity – What’s causing all this obesity? – may not have a definitive answer. But that doesn’t stop everybody from asking.  The easy answer is that obesity is mainly an inherited condition. If a person is susceptible, environment and life experiences trigger it. And then, that begs another question. What’s triggering […]

Whom Shall We Blame for Obesity?

April 4, 2017 — Affixing blame is an ancient human ritual. Affixing blame helps people make sense of a situation and move on to solving a problem. In the ancient scripture of Leviticus, the community places its sins upon a goat and casts the goat into the desert. It’s the original scapegoat. With sins removed, everyone can get on with […]

A Loop from Brain Function to Obesity and Back

March 31, 2017 — Brain function can play a role in the development of obesity. And in turn obesity can play a role in brain function. Many knowledge gaps remain, but fascinating insights keep coming. And dopamine – an important neurotransmitter – seems to lie at the heart of changes in the brain linked to obesity. More and more research links dopamine […]

Understanding an Inheritance of Obesity

March 29, 2017 — Confronting the inheritance of obesity really grates on people. It challenges a broad cultural bias that obesity is primarily a result of personal choices. The fact of obesity being a highly heritable trait is simply annoying to people who insist that strength of will can solve the problem. Regardless, scientists persist in exploring the genetic basis for […]

Throw Open a Window to Prevent Obesity and Diabetes?

March 27, 2017 — “Open your bedroom window at night to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.” The Telegraph reports this simple solution from an Oxford endocrinology professor. In a similar vein, the Guardian says “access to nature reduces depression and obesity.” That promise comes from a report of the Institute for European Environmental Policy. Cool Night Air Professor Asheley Grossman […]

Obesity and Diabetes: Peel and Shake

March 19, 2017 — Simple solutions to complex problems are seductive. The dual epidemic of obesity and diabetes presents a pair of wicked problems, fused into one through a tight biological relationship. Surging rates of obesity plant the seeds for surging rates of type 2 diabetes. Severe obesity is a wickedly difficult medical problem, so simple solutions are appealing […]

Beliefs, Science, and the Politics of Obesity

March 7, 2017 — It’s happening everywhere else. Can we hope to avoid a mash-up of beliefs and science in the politics of obesity? A new publication in American Politics Research says no. A quick look at reporting on this research is even more discouraging. Science Daily tells us: Obese Democrats Blame Genetics Normal Weight Democrats and Most Republicans […]

Stress in Your Hair with a Link to Obesity?

March 1, 2017 — Plenty of people feel stressed about their hair. But who knew that traces of stress in your hair are measurable. Well, a novel study published this month in Obesity suggests that scientists can do just that. Sarah Jackson and colleagues measured cortisol concentration in hair samples from 2,527 British men and women over four years. And they […]