A Partial Survey of Recent Research on the Causes and Treatment of Obesity
Hitchcock, Nancy Virginia
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This paper is a partial survey of past and current research concerning the causes and treatments of obesity. Emphasis is on the role of adipose tissue in obesity. The paper includes discussions of calorie intake and diet composition in relation to the causes and treatments of obesity. Some parts of the body that are important in metabolism, such as the liver and the hormones, are either not discussed at all or are mentioned only briefly in order that the topic not become too unwieldy. Such omissions do not mean that these areas may not play very important roles in causing or preventing obesity. The final part of the paper covers carbohydrate and fat metabolism as it relates to adipose tissue and obesity.