Spotlight on Fat/obesity
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.
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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.
Childhood obesity: “There is no one correct method”
Do you have a child who suffers from obesity? As a parent, helping your child lose weight can seem difficult. But effective help is available, say researchers at Karolinska Institutet.
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?
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.
eHealth tools against overweight in children and pregnant women
Marie Löf’s research covers ways of improving health and reducing overweight and obesity in pregnant women and children. She develops apps that help individuals and families to make vital changes in their dietary and exercise habits.
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.