Obesity

The Brain Consumes Half of a Child's Energy -- And That Could Matter for Weight Gain
A new study proposes that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids -- in terms of the timing, ..
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Biology of Leptin, the Hunger Hormone, Revealed
New research offers insight into leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in appetite, overeating, and obesity. The findings advance knowledge about leptin and weight gain, ...
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Maternal obesity linked to childhood cancer
New study analyzed 2 million birth records and 3,000 cancer registry records and found that children born to obese mothers were 57% more likely to develop cancer, independent of other factors. This finding offers a rare opportunity for childhood cancer prevention.
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Acceleration of BMI in Early Childhood and Risk of Sustained Obesity
This study of the dynamics of BMI in children from birth to adolescence assessed the age of susceptibility for sustained obesity and of onset of obesity. The most rapid weight gain occurred between 2 and 6 years of age; obesity at that age forecast obesity in adolescence.
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Scientists reveal new insight into tackling obesity
Obesity has become one of the most significant challenges to human health. But now scientists at the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute have discovered a tiny group of brain cells that could be harnessed to tackle obesity according to a new study published in Cell Metabolism.
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Vitamin D supplementation may improve metabolic syndrome parameters in children with obesity
Children with overweight and obesity assigned to receive vitamin D supplementation for 1 year experienced decreases in BMI and fat mass and a rise in HDL cholesterol vs. similar children assigned to placebo, according to study findings presented at the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology annual meeting.
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