A new study found that children on the threshold of obesity or overweight in the first two years of life had lower perceptual reasoning and working memory scores than lean children when tested at ages five and eight. The study also indicated that IQ scores may be lower for higher-weight children.
Source: Early-life obesity impacts children’s learning and memory, study suggests: The study found a link between children’s weight status in the first two years of life and their school-age performance on cognitive tests — ScienceDaily
A new technique to study fat stores in the body could aid efforts to find treatments to tackle obesity, research suggests. The approach focuses on energy-burning tissues found deep inside the body — called brown fat — that help to keep us warm when temperatures drop.
Source: Bid to beat obesity focuses on fat that keeps us warm — ScienceDaily
Researchers have successfully treated patients whose obesity is caused by a genetic defect. Aside from its beneficial effects on the patients, the researchers also provided insights into the fundamental signaling pathways regulating satiety of the new drug.
Source: Switching off insatiable hunger: A new drug to help young patients with genetic obesity — ScienceDaily
Research into the role the gut plays in processing and distributing fat could pave the way for the development of personalized treatments for obesity and other chronic diseases within the next decade.
Source: Processes in the gut that drive fat build-up around the waist: Breakthrough could lead to personalized obesity treatments within a decade — ScienceDaily
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