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Female rats fed a typical Western diet had offspring that were at higher risk of obesity than moms fed low-fat, high-grain meals.

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Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.

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Caloric Restriction Turns White Fat Brown

By Alison F. Takemura | August 25, 2016

Limiting food intake leads to the conversion of white fat cells into more metabolically active brown fat cells through an immune response, a mouse study shows.

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Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating

By Alison F. Takemura | August 8, 2016

Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.

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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2016

Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention

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The Death of Diets

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2016

Book author and neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt discusses her own struggle with her weight and the science behind breaking the cycle of gain and loss.

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Mouse pups born to mothers fed a high-fat diet lack a gut microbe that promotes social behavior, scientists show.

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Gut Microbiota–Obesity Link Clarified

By Catherine Offord | June 10, 2016

Changes in diet can cause gut microbes to produce acetate, which in turn stimulates insulin secretion and obesity in rodents, scientists show.

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Fat Labs

By Tanya Lewis | May 4, 2016

The tendency of Labrador retrievers to overeat is tied to their genes, researchers report.

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“Hunger Hormone” No More?

By Ruth Williams | April 20, 2016

Ghrelin promotes fat storage not feeding, according to a study.

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