Mice fed on a chocolate-based diet show abnormal feeding behaviors such as snacking, bingeing and disrupted eating patterns

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

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New link between gut bacteria and obesity

Researchers have discovered a new link between gut bacteria and obesity. They found that certain amino acids in our blood can be connected to both obesity and the composition of the gut microbiome.

Source: New link between gut bacteria and obesity — ScienceDaily

Food cues undermine healthy eating choices

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

Obesity impacts liver health in kids as young as 8 years old

A new study found that weight gain, obesity can put children as young as age 8 at risk for a serious liver disease.

Source: Obesity impacts liver health in kids as young as 8 years old — ScienceDaily

Americans Weigh More Than Ever, Shows New Report

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

‘Obesity paradox’ debunked: Obese people really don’t live longer than normal weight people with heart disease

A new study debunks the ‘obesity paradox,’ a counterintuitive finding that showed people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese compared with people who are normal weight at the time of diagnosis. Obese people live shorter lives and have a greater proportion of life with cardiovascular disease, the study reports.

Source: ‘Obesity paradox’ debunked: Obese people really don’t live longer than normal weight people with heart disease, they’re just diagnosed at a younger age — ScienceDaily

Mouse study adds to evidence linking gut bacteria and obesity

A new study of mice with the rodent equivalent of metabolic syndrome has added to evidence that the intestinal microbiome — a ‘garden’ of bacterial, viral and fungal genes — plays a substantial role in the development of obesity and insulin resistance in mammals, including humans.

Source: Mouse study adds to evidence linking gut bacteria and obesity — ScienceDaily