In a study published in Gastroenterology researchers have urged physicians to be mindful of drugs that can increase weight gain in patients that are already obese. This must be done by evaluating the potential side effects of medications that are prescribed to this group of patients and familiarising themselves with the alternatives that may limit weight gain. Medications such as steroids or...Read More
A study originating from Massachusetts General Hospital has found that a pattern of gene variants associated with certain body shapes increases the risk of T2DM as well as heart disease. This ‘apple-shape’ describes when weight is commonly deposited around the abdomen, rather than the hips and thighs. The researchers were aiming to discover whether a genetic predisposition to abdominal...Read More
A new study from the University of Sussex has found that 35-40% of a child’s BMI is inherited from their parents. For obese children this proportion rises to approximately 55-60%. The research used data from 100,000 children and their parents across the globe and found that intergenerational transmission of BMI is around 0.2, or 20% each from the mother and father. Interestingly, the results...Read More
People who suffer from obesity are often the subject of stereotyping from the people around them. A new study published in Obesity has described how this form of prejudice can actually increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease amongst people with obesity. Some schools of thought support the theory that stigma can help motivate the individuals to lose weight, however this study...Read More
A recent study involving health workers in Houston hospitals has found that 78% of them are overweight or obese. 924 employees across six different hospitals took part in the research. Dr Shreela Sharma, lead author, explained that these results were above the national average and also worrying as obesity is linked to so many chronic diseases. Whilst intake of fruit and vegetables was...Read More
The Endocrine Society has published a new set of guidelines to cover the prevention, treatment, and assessment for paediatric obesity. In the USA paediatric obesity costs an estimated £14.1 billion covering drugs prescriptions, emergency visits as well as outpatient appointments. Therefore there is a drive to identify those children at risk and the address these risks appropriately.
A new study conducted at the University of Texas at Dallas has found a link between impulsive personalities and the incidence of high body mass indices. The findings from this study have been published in Obesity. The study included 45 individuals and used different modalities to study their impulsivity such as self-reporting, neuropsychological testing and functional magnetic resonance...Read More