obesity

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McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders

Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Classified as: metabolism, obesity, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fat, science and technology, body fat, metabolic disorders, folliculin, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Fonds de Recherche du Québec–Santé
Published on: 16 May 2016

 

Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development

A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

The findings emerged from research initially aimed at confirming the importance of vitamin D for bone density. The additional benefit in terms of body composition came as a surprise for the research team.

Classified as: McGill University, obesity, vitamin D, Fat, bone density, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Hope Weiler, toddlers, muscle mass, body composition, Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit
Published on: 2 May 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

Classified as: food, obesity, health, Laurette Dube, genes, income, eating habits, Fat, health and lifestyle, food and sustainability, skinny, healthy food, wealth, MAVAN birth cohort, JAMA Pediatrics
Published on: 9 Feb 2016

Current government-mandated nutrition labeling is ineffective in improving nutrition, but there is a better system available, according to a study by McGill University researchers published in the December issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Classified as: Research, obesity, nutrition, nutrition labels
Published on: 20 Jan 2015

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

Classified as: news, Research, food, obesity, nutrition, prevention, Danielle Donnelly, diabetes, Luis Agellon, potato, stan kubow
Published on: 9 Dec 2014

<p>New study examines link between brain cortex and food buying habits</p>
<p>MONTREAL: Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content. </p>

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, obesity, Montreal Neurological Institute, mcgill faculty of medicine research, alain dagher
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Published on: 20 Oct 2014

Rare genetic mutation linked to psychiatric illnesses, obesity 

B Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter October 8, 2012 

MONTREAL — Grounding chronic illnesses and mental disorders in human DNA is like trying to tease out a giant riddle that’s complicated by the intricate relationship between biology and behaviour. Hundreds of genes have been associated with psychiatric conditions, some erroneously, and they were not confirmed.

Classified as: genetics, Research, Carl Ernst, obesity, epigenetics, psychiatric illness
Published on: 11 Oct 2012

McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key lies in the genomic deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, a nervous system growth factor that plays a critical role in brain development.

Classified as: medicine, Research, mutation, Carl Ernst, disease, obesity, psychiatric
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Published on: 10 Oct 2012