2011 Press Releases


  • Gender Differences in Blood Pressure Appear as Early as Adolescence

    Released October 14, 2011 - New research from the University of California at Merced finds that although obesity does not help teens of either gender, it has a greater impact on girls’ blood pressure than it does on boys’.
  • Obese Post-Menopausal Women Outperform Normal Weight Counterparts in Key Tasks

    Released October 13, 2011 - Obesity has been associated with cognitive decline, characterized by a deterioration of mental abilities that involve memory, language, and thought-processing speed. But in a study of 300 post-menopausal women, obese participants performed better on three cognitive tests than participants of normal weight, leading researchers to speculate about the role of sex hormones and cognition.
  • Abnormal Activation of a Protein May Explain Link Between High Salt Intake & Obesity

    Released September 19, 2011 - Research suggests abnormal activation of a protein may help explain the deadly link between high salt intake and obesity.
  • Scientists Identify Four Candidate Obesity Genes in Mice

    Released September 6, 2011 -Researchers find evidence that four genes may relate to obesity. Since humans have their own versions of these genes, the findings could help shed light on obesity in people.
  • Weight Loss from Gastric Bypass Partly Due to Dietary Fat Aversion

    Released July 27, 2011 - A study in people and rats, published by the APS, suggests that gastric bypass doesn’t just cut calories – it may also cause patients to have an aversion to dietary fat.
  • Maternal Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Child's Obesity

    Released April 12, 2011 - An animal study conducted at the University of Minnesota and Georgetown University suggests that a mother's nutritional or psychological stress during pregnancy and lactation may create a signature on her child's genes that put the child at increased risk for obesity later in life, especially if the child is female.
  • Obesity May Shut Down Circadian Clock in Cardiovascular System

    Released April 10, 2011 - Obese individuals typically suffer more medical problems than their leaner counterparts such as insulin resistance, diabetes, increased stress hormones, hypothyroidism, and sleep apnea. Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University have found, using an animal model, that a master clock gene – which regulates the cardiovascular system – does not fluctuate regularly as it does in non-obese animals. This means that a key gene clock of the cardiovascular system does not work properly when obesity is present.