Posts Tagged ‘obesity research’

OW2022: Clearing a Path to Better Obesity Care

November 2, 2022 — Opening ObesityWeek with a quick succession of pithy talks to set the agenda for the week seems to be a good way of getting getting the attention of the diverse audience focused on obesity. Last night, it worked. A series of talks served to focus the group on the theme for OW2022 that President Dan […]

Our Top 10 Abstracts Going into ObesityWeek

November 1, 2022 — Today marks the actual opening of ObesityWeek 2022 in San Diego. So to help you wade through the many hundreds for research studies being presented this week, here is a list of the top ten abstracts at ObesityWeek. Make no mistake. This is a highly subjective list, but it’s ours. Every one of you reading […]

A Flicker of Curiosity About Obesity

April 26, 2022 — “The etiology of obesity is multifactorial. However, the root cause is energy imbalance: more calories consumed than expended.” This was the explanation for obesity that Dariush Mozaffarian offered in 2008. Today, he writes in AJCN that obesity is “an unexplained epidemic.” We count this as a flicker of curiosity about obesity. If it spreads, perhaps […]

Adipose Tissue and Inflammation in Obesity

April 6, 2022 — The immune activity and inflammation linked to adipose tissue in obesity is getting a lot of attention. Part of this is due to the interaction of inflammation, obesity, and the risks of COVID-19. But even more interesting is the insight into obesity itself. The insight comes from new study in Science Translational Medicine. In short, […]

Obesity: Gut Signals, Fat Tissue, and Bariatric Surgery

January 21, 2022 — Bariatric surgery has a profound effect on the chronic disease of obesity. Diabetes goes into remission and hunger recedes. Metabolism finds a steadier state, more compatible with good health. But the billion-dollar question is, how? Make no mistake. This is a big puzzle. Now a series of publications over the last several weeks reveals the […]

ObesityWeek: Scoping Out the Virtual Excitement Ahead

October 29, 2021 — Who would have thought that two years could change so many things? But here we are on the cusp of our second virtual ObesityWeek® since we were all together in Las Vegas in 2019. We’ve seen a lot since then and we have a lot to look forward to in the week ahead, starting Monday. […]

Can Europe Bridge the Gap in Obesity Research?

October 28, 2021 — The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) sees a big gap to bridge in obesity research. Earlier this year, the European Union defined obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease. But a gap remains in policies to actually reduce the impact of this disease. EASO President Jason Halford explained: “The current EU research agenda […]

Making the Lived Experience of Obesity Invisible

August 18, 2021 — The lived experience of obesity has many dimensions, but one of the most troubling is being invisible. Melanie Bahlke, a remarkable patient advocate from Frankfurt, Germany,  explains it beautifully: “I am used to being talked about more than having people talk to me. For everyone I am something different and I am rarely what I […]

Pursuing the Genetic Inheritance of Obesity and BMI

May 3, 2021 — Obesity is a highly heritable condition. But in the general population, genes only explain about 40 to 50 percent of the variability in BMI. How can both of these things be true? Work to understand the causes of obesity spans a century. So scientists have learned a great deal about the genetic inheritance of obesity […]

OW2020: A Week of Obesity Immersion We Needed

November 7, 2020 — In this world where few of us are traveling, it’s nice to get away. OW2020 offered immersion as a way to get away. This past week, we retreated to our interactive screens and soaked up a lot of new insights about obesity. Thus, many of us found a way to shut out other screens that […]