Spotlight on Fat
Due to an excess of quick calories and too little physical activity, we have created the global obesity epidemic. At the same time, the human body is very unwilling to let go of the fat that it has stored. Fighting obesity is thus essentially a battle against ourselves.
Obesity – a struggle against ourselves
The obesity epidemic began in the USA somtime in the 1950s and 1960s, but it became clearly noticeable in the America society in the 1980s. In Sweden, the epidemic began to show clearly during the 1990s and is now fully evident.
Facts about fat
Brown fat, white fat – or in between? There are different types of fat. And did you know that obesity is defined as a disease in itself?
“I had the surgery for the sake of my health”
Ellinor Westh Olsson was considered chubby already in primary school and piled on the pounds over the course of her school years.
"I didn't like myself"
Per-Åke Persson is a trained chef and works as a head chef. This is both a salvation and a curse.
Bored at work? Fat chance
Who cares about the fate of an annoying fat cell? Kirsty Spalding, PI at KI's Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, has taken on the task with a great deal of energy and a genuine thirst for knowledge.
Why some people become obese
Weight gain can, in some cases, be attributed to a reduced ability to metabolise fat, according to Professor Mikael Rydén and colleagues. The researchers are now developing means of measuring the ability to break down fat.
Curious about eating habits
Through our eating habits, we can influence both our own health and the health of the planet. More plant-based food and less meat would be beneficial for our well-being and the environment according to most researchers. But can we acquire a taste for just about anything?
Weight-loss treatment prevents accumulation of lipid linked to cardiac mortality
Elevated levels of lipids known as ceramides can be associated with a ten-fold higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study. Treatment with liraglutide could keep the ceramide levels in check.