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Obesity & Energetic Offerings, July 26, 2013

David Allison, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama

David Allison, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama

For several months now, my colleagues at the University of Alabama have been compiling a weekly list of selected obesity related articles in a list they call Obesity and Energetic Offerings.

Obesity & Energetic Offerings are brought to you by the UAB NORC and Office of Energetics and compiled by David B. AllisonMichelle Bohan-BrownEmily DhurandharJohn Dawson, and Andrew Brown.

The following is a selection of articles from this week’s list  – the link headings are theirs, not mine:


Headline vs Study

Headline: Cambridge University study says obesity is down to genes, not a bad diet or lack of exercise.

Findings Contrary to Hypotheses or Popular Ideas







Evolution, Energetics and Ecology




Caloric Restriction

Basic Science


Scientific Integrity

Policy Related


General Science

For a complete list and to directly join this list, please click here.

Kananaskis, AB

1 Comment

  1. Obesity is currently an epidemic in the United States. Obesity is defined as an adult with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. An adult’s BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by height in meters squared (Ogden 6). For example, an individual that weighs 170 pounds and is 5 foot 3 would have a BMI of 30.1, which would be classified as obese. Between 2007 and 2008 obesity rates have increased in adults at all education and income levels and currently more than one-third of adults in this country are obese (Overweight and Obesity). In the industrialized world, the United States has the highest rate of obesity and the food Americans consume is strongly influenced by the government (Halkett). Research on obesity suggests that the government needs to gain control of the obesity epidemic in America by placing stricter regulations on fast food establishments, creating higher standards for grocery items available to the public, and implementing school health programs.

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