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Should People With Obesity Who Are Metabolically Healthy Lose Weight?

Despite having once been on my high-school’s debating team, I generally do not like debates at scientific conferences (but many of my colleagues seem to love them). This is largely, because to win a debate you need to take a biased and one-sided view of the topic and speak with conviction – at least if the intention is to sway the audience. The problem is that presenting a radical stan… Read More »

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City of Los Angeles Proclamation on Obesity Care

WHEREAS: The disease of obesity is a major source of concern across the nation. In California, the adult obesity rate is nearing a quarter of the population (24.7%) and in Los Angeles County, the percentage of adults affected by obesity continues its steady rise from 13.6% in 1997 to 24.3% in 2013, and WHEREAS: Experts and researchers agree that obesity is not a lifestyle choice but rather, a comp… Read More »

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Why I Go To Scientific Meetings

For the rest of this week, I will be attending Obesity Week in Los Angeles. This joint meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society, will certainly provide a wealth of new studies and review lectures on virtually every topic relevant to obesity science and practice. Many of these presentations will be given by some of the best researchers and clinician… Read More »

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100+ Putative Causes Of Obesity – Take Your Pick

Listening to (or reading the bestsellers written by) pundits, one may easily think that the entire obesity problem can be brought down to a couple of factors – sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food, sedentariness, screen-time, – take your pick. Now, Morgan Downey, former CEO of the Obesity Society on his blog – the Downey Obesity Report – provides an update of previous lists… Read More »

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Transcriptional Control of Energy Regulation

To students of human physiology, the commonly held view that obesity is simply a matter of energy in and energy out is nothing short of laughable. Indeed, there are perhaps no other biological functions of more importance for survival of an organism, than those that regulate energy uptake, storage and expenditure – functions, without any form of life would be impossible. Thus, the finely tun… Read More »

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