One in three adults are obese, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, the percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent during the 1980’s to nearly 18 percent in 2012.
Professor Jeremy Nicholson, senior author of the study, and director of the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre at Imperial College Londo said, according to Science World Report, that they analyzed the urine samples from over 2,000 participants in the U.S. and the U.K. and discovered that 29 samples contained metabolites that correlate with the body mass index of sources.
Obesity has become a huge problem all over the world, threatening to overwhelm health services and drive life expectancy gains into reverse. Tackling it is an urgent priority and it requires us to have a much better understanding of how body fat and other aspects of biology are related. These findings provide possible starting points for new approaches to preventing and treating obesity and its associated disease.
Researchers, as reported by Health Central, said they believe that these findings could one day pave the way for the development of techniques or screenings in testing that can be used by non-obese people to help them determine if they are also at risk of obesity. Professor Paul Elliott, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial said, “people could be at risk of developing obesity.”
These people could be at risk of developing obesity and metabolic diseases, and might benefit from personalized preventative interventions.
The researchers said they believe that these findings could one day pave the way for the development of techniques or screenings in testing that can be used by non-obese people to help them determine if they are also at risk of obesity.
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