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Obesity

Are we growing overweight from baker’s yeast?

The type of yeast that is used to leaven bread is also used to fatten animals. A new study points toward a possible link between human obesity and yeast.

Smoking gene could be causing weight increase in non-smokers

New study suggests relationship between smoking genes and increased weight.

Scientists reprogram fat cells to increase fat burning

Scientists discover how fat cells can be reprogrammed to burn fat instead of storing it.

Nordic fare slims you as well as a Stone Age diet

Official Nordic dietary recommendations help elderly, overweight women to lose weight just as well as if they were on Palaeolithic diets.

Abused children risk adult obesity

A large-scale Swedish study shows that persons who were subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse during childhood are more prone to becoming overweight as adults.

Making fat people slim with modified DNA

Genetically designed cells, which release hormones telling the humane body that it is full, could be a solution to worldwide obesity.

Benefits for overweight women with heart disease

A Norwegian study has found that overweight women with cardiovascular disease are less at risk of serious consequences from their illness than normal weight women with the same disease. The opposite is true for men.

Divorce linked to obesity in children

Children of divorced parents have higher risk of obesity, according to a Norwegian study. Boys in particular are more likely to develop dangerous abdominal fat.

Aircraft noise linked to larger waistlines

Women and men living close to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport are more likely to swell out in the middle than those further away.

Disabled persons dine their way to disease

Overweightness and obesity are too common among people with disabilities – but in Norway nobody is taking responsibility for the problem.