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Obesity

Gastric bypass surgery halved the risk of heart failure

A new study shows that obesity links to a higher risk of heart failure.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Blame it on your liver

New research shows that a certain hormone produced in the liver could explain your sweet tooth and help produce new treatments to reduce people’s cravings for sugar.

Birth weight linked to diabetes and obesity

A large international study has discovered 60 genetic variants that link low birth weight to an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Four years later: is CO2 making us fat?

In 2012 a group of scientists proposed a hypothesis that CO2 in the atmosphere is making us fat. We’ve checked in with the scientists to see what developments they’ve made.

Why some experience serious side effects from bariatric surgery

What happens during bariatric surgery can be just as important as the health of the patient before the operation takes place.

19th century undertaker introduced the world to dieting

Historical studies of obesity contradict the myth that being fat was a sign of health in days gone by. The first evidence of modern dieting did not emerge until the 1860s, say researchers.

Gut bacteria sends signals to the brain to make us fat

Our gut bacteria send signals to the brain and encourage us to eat more, and may cause us to put on weight.

Is there an x-factor behind the obesity epidemic?

Weight = calories in and calories out, right? It's not that simple.

Couch potato habits don’t explain obesity epidemic

Sure, we’re less active than we used to be. But little suggests this is the main explanation for the obesity epidemic.

Scientists find gene switch for “bad” fat

New study shows that targeting a certain gene can lower fat levels in the blood and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.