New patient network to support people with obesity

DUBAI: A new patient network to support people living with obesity, backed by clinicians across the Gulf and Lebanon, is being launched by the World Obesity Federation. Designed to raise awareness of the multiple causes of obesity and provide access to information about healthier lifestyle choices, treatment options and ongoing management, the programme marks World […]

Figuring Out the Role of Fat Storage Cells in Obesity

New research from a team at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine establishes a role of adipocyte Na/K-ATPase signaling in worsening obesity and its companion diseases, including neurodegeneration and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), that was enhanced by specific targeting of NaKtide, an antagonist of Na/K-ATPase signaling, to the adipocyte. The findings are published […]

A solution for childhood obesity? Universal basic income

Sure, the extra money is helpful. But the most intriguing benefit from a universal basic income — a regular cash transfer to all individuals regardless of their employment status or income level — could be that it may help reduce childhood obesity. A new study of Alaska’s own universal basic income program, the Permanent Fund Dividend, which […]

How Helpful Would A Genetic Test For Obesity Risk Be?

Even if a genetic test could reliably predict obesity risk, would people make effective use of the information? eyecrave/Vetta/Getty Images Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who wonder whether it is really useful. The story behind this back-and-forth is, at its core, […]

Eating more rice may protect against obesity, international study suggests

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.8% of Americans are now obese. Compare that figure to Japan, where the World Health Organization notes only 4.3% of the population is obese. While there are a multitude of factors at play, one group of scientists is suggesting rice consumption may play a role in the stark […]

Severely obese people in middle age 50% more likely to die early, study finds

Researchers urged obese individuals to ask their doctors to be assessed for any obesity-related diseases. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA People who are severely obese in middle age are 50% more likely to die early than those of a healthy weight, according to a large study of UK data. The research shows people with the highest levels […]