Unconventional wisdom about the obesity epidemic

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Abstract

Diet and sedentary lifestyle, interacting with "thrifty" genes, are widely accepted as the principal cause of the current global obesity epidemic. However, a number of alternative etiologies for obesity have been proposed, including "drifty" genes, viruses, bacteria, environmental toxins, social network effects, maternal imprinting, sleep deprivation, and others. These Grand Rounds reviews the background of some of these unconventional ideas and evidence for or against their roles in the obesity epidemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-491
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume340
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Obesity
Teaching Rounds
Sedentary Lifestyle
Sleep Deprivation
Social Support
Genes
Mothers
Diet
Viruses
Bacteria
Imprinting (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Bacteria
  • Genes
  • Obesity
  • Toxin
  • Virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Unconventional wisdom about the obesity epidemic. / Zinn, Andrew R.

In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Vol. 340, No. 6, 12.2010, p. 481-491.

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