Obesity Gene Impacts African-Americans

September 27th, 2010 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

September 27, 2010                                                                                                                                                                       

A new study just published in Obesity by Bollealli and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine shows a significant association of a variant of the FTO gene with obesity in African-Americans. Another variant was found significant for non-Hispanic whites. This study confirms the association of the FTO gene in childhood obesity. See Association of FTO Gene Variants With Adiposity in… [Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010] – PubMed result

September 24, 2010

Researchers at the World Health Organization have found an enormous increase in childhood obesity around the world. In 2010, 43 million children were estimated to be overweight and obese, 92 million at risk for overweight. Worldwide prevalence increased from 4.2% in 1990 to 6.7% in 2010. The trend is expected to reach 9.1% or 60 million in 2020. Global prevalence and trends of overweight and obe… [Am J Clin Nutr. 2010] – PubMed result. Increased adiposity  has been shown to increase C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation which contributes to increased risk for chronic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Predictors of inflammation in U.S. children aged 3… [Am J Prev Med. 2010] – PubMed result

New research confirms that physical activity can be very helpful in overcoming genetic predisposition to obesity. PLoS Medicine: Physical Activity Attenuates the Genetic Predisposition to Obesity in 20,000 Men and Women from EPIC-Norfolk Prospective Population Study

September 23, 2010

The prestigious OECD, the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development which usually forecasts economic trends in the leading economies, released a new report which forecasts obesity trends predicting that 75% of the US population will be obese in ten years. They found that obesity reduced lifespan by 8-10 years compared to a normal weight person. See the report at Health: OECD says governments must fight fat.

September 22, 2010

The International Journal of Obesity (IJO) features an on-line article using NHANES data showing a continuing increase in obesity and abdominal obesity (the more dangerous type) in men and abdominal obesity in women from 1999 to 2008. Access : Trends in obesity and abdominal obesity among adults in the United States from 1999|[ndash]|2008 : International Journal of Obesity Another study has found an increase in American’s cholesterol levels over the last 30 years. Rising obesity rates are seen as offsetting drug treatments to lower cholesterol. 30-Year Trends in Serum Lipids Among United States… [Am J Cardiol. 2010] – PubMed result

Studies throw doubts on dietary supplements for weight loss. See An Evidence-Based Review of Fat Modifying Supplemental Weight Loss Products and Experience (mostly negative) with the use of sympa… [J Obes. 2011] – PubMed result

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