Rising gasoline prices could take a bite out of America’s obesity epidemic, study suggests

Could higher gas prices mean trimmer waistlines?Just as rising gasoline prices are forcing many Americans to tighten their financial belts, new research suggests higher fuel costs may come with a related silver lining — trimmer waistlines. “An additional $1 in real gasoline prices would reduce obesity in the U.S. by 15 percent after three years,” suggests Charles Courtemanche, an economics researcher at Washington University in St. Louis.

Obesity-diabetes link shows promise for therapy

Scientists genetically altered production of a factor found in skeletal muscle and produced mice that can’t get fat but develop signs of diabetes. More medical news

Obesity can lead to liver disease

Yet another disease has been linked to obesity. Samuel Klein, director of the WUSM Center for Human Nutrition, reports fatty liver disease, usually associated with excess alcohol consumption, is on the rise among those who don’t drink too much. One common factor linked to the increase is obesity. Read more in the following Post-Dispatch article.

Obesity risk likely linked to genes

“Stated in the most basic terms, we are studying why some people are fat and some are skinny,” says lead investigator Ingrid B. Borecki.