Obesity News Bulletin

Famine Exposure During Early Life May Lead to an Increased BMI in Adulthood

It has been previously reported in epidemiologic studies that famine exposure during early life is associated with overweight or obesity in adulthood. In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 studies, this paper set out to determine whether exposure...
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Efficacy, Safety, and Mechanisms Of Herbal Medicines Used In The Treatment Of Obesity: A Protocol For Systematic Review

There is a huge amount of conflicting evidence over the potential efficacy of herbal remedies for the treatment of obesity. Although several systematic reviews have been conducted, the market is saturated with poorly evidenced claims, and a huge number...
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Cardiorespiratory fitness as a Determinant Factor for the 30% of Obese Individuals That are Metabolically Healthy

Previous studies have shown that individuals can be obese and metabolically healthy, or of normal weight with an unhealthy metabolic profile. The metabolically healthy obese (MHO) phenotype currently represents 30% of obese individuals. However, major...
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The Effectiveness of a School Intervention Program. A Panacea against Obesity?

A large randomised controlled trial was conducted in the West Midlands, looking into the effectiveness of a school and family based healthy lifestyle programme, in comparison to usual practice. 1,467 year 1 pupils aged 5 to 6 years (control, 778 pupils),...
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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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Socioeconomic status in childhood and obesity in adults: a population-based study

This paper, published in Revista de Saúde Pública, aimed to determine the relationship between socioeconomic status (SS) in childhood and obesity in adult life. It conducted a cross-sectional analysis of a population of 1,222 adults in Florianópolis,...
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