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Medical News & Perspectives
October 4, 2006

Better Strategies Sought Against Obesity

JAMA. 2006;296(13):1577-1579. doi:10.1001/jama.296.13.1577

Boston—Because obesity takes such a toll on human health—it's a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer—health care professionals are eager to find new therapies and helpful diets to curb both hunger and the expanding waistline.

To this end, researchers need to better understand how the body regulates weight and how energy balance mechanisms can go awry, said obesity experts who discussed strategies to counter obesity at a symposium during the Endocrine Society's 2006 annual meeting.