The UGA Obesity Initiative conducts cutting-edge research organized around specific obesity-related problem areas. Multi-disciplinary teams enable integrating diverse, yet complementary, skill sets, to address the complex issues associated with obesity at both individual and community levels.
A sinister virus is creeping up to young, impressionable cells and influencing them to turn into insidious globs of fat. Or so scientists think. The idea that viruses are invading cells and making people fat is controversial. Researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) are adding to a growing pile of evidence linking a virus … More ›
The following post continues Weighing In’s coverage of Obesity Week 2013. It was contributed by Jing Hong, a University of Georgia graduate student the in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, who attended the Obesity Week 2013 conference. The prevalence of obesity in the United States is an issue in all age groups, … More ›
Fat, exercise and a molecule with a peculiar name took center-stage in the Obesity Week 2013 keynote by Bruce Spiegelman in Atlanta last week. Recent experiments indicate that molecule, called “meteorin-like,” can cause calorie-storing fat to more closely resemble a type of fat that actually burns calories. The two types of fat are known as “white … More ›
It’s three weeks from spring break, and you step on the scale, wondering how many more pounds you can shave off before you hit the beach. The number you see isn’t encouraging. It hasn’t changed in several days, despite your continued workouts. You’ve hit a plateau. Both weight loss and strength training efforts tend to … More ›
More Americans are dying from cardiovascular disease each year than people in France, Japan or Israel. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and America also has a greater percentage of obese people than any of these countries do. UGA researchers traveled to France, Israel and Japan to see if these trends might … More ›
Obesity rates vary by income, according to the 2013 F as in Fat annual report, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health. However, does obesity actually lead to low wages? Michael Kofoed, an economics doctoral student in the UGA Terry College of Business, hopes to find out.
UGA researchers are taking the battle against obesity into the virtual world. Using advanced computer simulations, specially designed avatars, virtual pets and interactive games, they hope to help students better understand how the choices they make affect their health.
When Scott Brown thinks about the future of education, he sees his undergraduate students taking notes on tablets and looking at 3-D models while maneuvering textbook pages with the flick of a finger.
Improvements in medical care have made it possible for paraplegics to live much longer than they would have in the past. However, living longer lives means they also must wrestle with common health problems other populations often face, including diabetes.
Clifton Baile, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and professor of foods and nutrition, and his colleagues have been exploring the potential of plant-based compounds known as phytochemicals in weight loss for more than a decade.