New Research Holds Promise for Fighting Obesity, Says Expert
Obesity leads to a decline in this plasticity, leading to fibrosis and inflammation and other problems. These changes can further impair the function of adipose tissue, leading to metabolic disease. But the central role of adipose tissue, and its dynamic nature, presents an opportunity for treatment
@lalima More than 42% of the U.S. population — "unbelievably," Apovian said — is obese, meaning they have a BMI over 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up by about 25% since 1960, although calories eaten hasn't increased, and physical activity has increased somewhat, she said. The root cause is still a bit of a mystery, but according to "good hints and clues" from animal models that are starting to be translated to the study of human obesity, "it has to do with epigenetics and how our brains and our bodies are perceiving the environment," she noted, during her presentation.