Scientists have successfully generated hypothalamic-like neurons from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) taken from the blood and skin cells of super-obese individuals and people with a normal body weight. The researchers found that the brain cells derived from the super obese were more likely to dysregulate hormones related to feeding behavior and hunger, as well as obesity-related genes and metabolic pathways.
Source: Neurons derived from super-obese people respond differently to appetite hormones — ScienceDaily
A new paper has called for an end to the term ‘healthy obesity,’ due to it being misleading and flawed. The focus should instead be on conducting more in-depth research to understand causes and consequences of varying health among people with the same BMI.
Source: Can you really be obese yet healthy? — ScienceDaily
Mice fed on a chocolate-based diet show abnormal feeding behaviors such as snacking, bingeing and disrupted eating patterns, according to new research. The findings help to explain the behavioral triggers leading to obesity and point towards new ideas for preventing weight gain.
Source: Binge-eating mice reveal obesity clues: Mice fed on a chocolate-based diet show abnormal feeding behaviors such as snacking, bingeing and disrupted eating patterns — ScienceDaily
Obesity has become a major health issue due to the current ‘obesogenic’ environment in which unhealthy food is both easy and cheap to purchase. As a result, many (government) organisations encourage healthy eating habits among the general public by providing information on healthy diets. Nevertheless, when people encounter stimuli that they have learned to associate with certain snacks, they tend to choose those products, even when they know these are unhealthy.
Source: Food cues undermine healthy eating choices — ScienceDaily
Data published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that more Americans meet obesity criteria than ever before. Learn more about the review, challenges Americans face when it comes to food choices, and you you can do to protect yourself against this trend.
Source: Americans Weigh More Than Ever, Shows New Report