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Contribution of maternal diabetes to visceral fat accumulation in offspring

Epidemiological studies have previously demonstrated the contribution of a genetic background of diabetes to the development of obesity. The goal of this study was to explore the contribution of parental family history of diabetes to visceral fat area....
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Interactive effects of parenting behaviour and regulatory skills in toddlerhood on child weight outcomes

A known potential risk factor for childhood obesity is a low capacity for self-regulation, which is the ability to control or modulate behaviours, emotions and cognition across situations. Toddlerhood is critical period for this trait, as it is characterised...
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Westernisation linked gut microbiota is associated with obesity and cardiometabolic disease

Our gut microbiota is essential to human health. However, unravelling the ways in which this microbial community correlates to health is not straightforward, due to the diversity and complexity of the organisms and the individual. Westernisation, characterised...
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Association between an overall maternal healthy lifestyle and the risk of obesity in offspring

Currently one in five american children are suffering obesity. With these figures growing each year, it has become a public health priority to identify modifiable risk factors for the prevention of childhood obesity. The causes of obesity are complex,...
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Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: 10 tips for empathic communication about excess weight

Overweight and obesity have increased significantly in the UK over recent decades, with more than half of all adults and a third of children now affected. The reason this is of such concern and one of the biggest public health issues of modern times,...
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Rethinking public mental health: learning from obesity

This commentary piece written in the Lancet Psychiatary, reviews Stanley J Ulijaszek’s new book, Models of Obesity. It argues that the field of mental health could learn a lot from the challenges of obesity and the approaches used to tackle it....
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The obesity paradox in cancer: clinical insights and perspectives

The obesity paradox refers to the paradoxical relationship between obesity and instances of better long-term survival in cancer, given the huge body of evidence for obesity’s carcinogenic effects. This article, published in Eating and weight disorders-...
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