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Obesity During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk of Birth Defects:

For women who are obese during pregnancy there is an associated increased risk of certain birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube defects, although the absolute increase in risk is likely to be small, according to an analysis of previous studies, reported in the February 11 issue of JAMA. (American Medical Association, 2/10/09)

JCEM Publishes Supplement on Obesity

The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism recently published a supplement entitled “Obesity: Epidemiology, Etiology, Morbidity, and Management”. This supplement features ten new obesity-related studies addressing topics such as pediatric obesity, obesity as a genetic legacy, bariatric surgery, and obesity in developing countries. A list of the featured studies can be found here. If interested in reading any of the full articles, contact the Society at

Researchers Uncover ‘Obesity Gene’ Involved in Response to High-Fat Diet

Scientists have determined that a specific gene plays a role in the weight-gain response to a high-fat diet. The finding in an animal study suggests that blocking this gene could one day be a therapeutic strategy to reduce diet-related obesity and associated disorders, such as diabetes and liver damage, in humans. (Ohio State University, 2/24/09)

Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity

An ongoing study of pregnant women and their babies has found that rapid weight gain during the first six months of life may place a child at risk for obesity by age 3. Researchers studied 559 children, measuring both weight and body length at birth, 6 months, and 3 years. They found that sudden gains throughout early infancy influenced later obesity more so than weight at birth. (Harvard Medical School, 3/30/09)

Big Belly and Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Restless Legs Syndrome

A new study shows both obesity and a large belly appear to increase the risk of developing restless legs syndrome (RLS), a common sleep disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move your legs. The research is published in the April 7, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (American Academy of Neurology, 4/6/09)

Ignoring an Epidemic: Examining Weight Loss Tactics, Doctor’s Role in Helping African-Americans Lose Weight

The conversation on weight management isn’t taking place between patient and physician. And when it does. many patients don’t like what they’re hearing. That’s according to a recent study at Temple University School of Medicine. Researchers there say many patients feel their physician isn’t initiating or addressing at all their weight concerns. And when they do, they say patients aren’t doing enough to lose weight.(Temple University, 5/1/09)