Could An Injection Reduce Appetite?

An injection that decreases appetite helps obese monkeys slim down fast and cuts their risk of diabetes. A protein called GDF15 naturally regulates body weight in humans and other animals. Several teams have tried developing GDF15 as an obesity treatment, but it breaks down too quickly in the bloodstream to work. Now a team led… Read More

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Pregnancy, Obesity & A Mother’s Diet: What About Men?

There is now even more reason to watch our waistlines. A man’s weight seems to influence gene activity in his sperm, which could leave his children predisposed to obesity. So far, research into how obesity passes between generations has focused on mothers and their diet before or during pregnancy. However,  a new study suggests that… Read More

The Third Factor: Eating Frequency

Is it the kind of food you eat that makes you fat or how much you eat? The third factor, often ignored, is how often. This research provides some insight into the third factor of eating. Research Paper Title Eating Frequency Is Positively Associated with Overweight and Central Obesity in US Adults. Background Evidence of… Read More

Diet, Reductionism & Desire

I thought these two replies by Rosemary Sharples and Jan Horton, writing in the New Scientist, about diet and weight loss were interesting and quite apt: Rosemary writes: Once again, scientists working on ways to make it easier for people to lose weight are concentrating entirely on appetite (20 June, p.14) as though this and… Read More

Research: Sleep, Food & Weight Gain

It takes just five consecutive days of inadequate sleep to increase food intake in excess of energy needs, leading to weight gain. Scientists found that average expenditure of energy per day increased by about 5% when participants were allowed to sleep for up to five hours, compared with a sleeping period of up to nine… Read More