Bacteria ‘link’ to obesity

21 December 2012

Obesity may not solely be down to over eating and the actual root cause of it could be a certain type of bacteria, according to a new study.

Researchers in Shanghai said in light of this finding, new diet plans could be formulated to tackle the bacteria so that it prevents people from putting on unnecessary weight.

The experts conducted studies on mice, which had been specifically bred to be resistant to obesity. Even with a fat heavy diet and denial of exercise, the creatures remained slim.

However, when they were given the bacterium enterobacter, they were unable to keep the weight off and accordingly became obese.

This suggests that enterobacter could be a key factor in preventing people from losing weight.

One of the authors of the report, Zhao Liping, noted that he lost weight through a diet made up of bitter lemon and fermented probiotic foods, which altered the balance of bacteria in the gut.

The NHS says that there is “no magic wand’ treatment for obesity and that weight loss programmes, while difficult, can be successful so long as people stick with them and not relapse.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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