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Why breakfast is not the most important meal of the day: Another myth bites the dust!

How many times have you heard "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day"? This view is so pervasive that to admit to not eating breakfast is almost tantamount to admitting to a non-healthy behaviour! I am a rheumatologist and many of my patients seek... click to read more

  • Flavia Cicuttini | Professor at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Views 794
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 29, 2019
Genetic determinants of thinness and obesity: cards of the same deck

Obesity is a major public health concern worldwide, with high prevalence paralleling an increasingly "obesogenic" environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor-quality food choices. However, even within this environment, some people are able to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI, defined as weight... click to read more

  • Fernando Riveros-Mckay | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Inês Barroso | Director of Research at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Views 791
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 12, 2019
Gut bacteria orchestrate the transmission of overweight from mother to babe

Women who are overweight during pregnancy often deliver large babies by cesarean section, who have a greater chance of becoming overweight themselves as they grow older. A popular explanation for this mother-infant transmission of overweight is that the mother vaginally transfers "obesogenic" bacteria to her... click to read more

  • Anita L. Kozyrskyj | Professor at Dept Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, USA
Views 1402
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 14, 2018
Obesity: The heavyweight of cancer

Obesity rivals tobacco as the leading preventable risk factor leading to cancer and is associated with reduced patient survival. While most people are aware of the connection between smoking and cancer, the connection with obesity is currently underappreciated. In fact, it is estimated that obesity... click to read more

  • Daniela Quail | Assistant Professor at Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Department of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Oakley Olson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University, New York, United States
  • Johanna Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 2185
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2018
A new paradigm for metabolic health: reduced intake of dietary branched-chain amino acids

Obesity is an increasing problem worldwide. While even a modest reduction in weight can improve the health of overweight and obese people, and reduce the risk of developing associated diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, most people have trouble losing weight by cutting... click to read more

  • Dudley W. Lamming | Assistant Professor at Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Healt, Madison, USA
Views 4314
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 22, 2018