Obesity is a multi-factorial disease, in which an excess of accumulated body fat can reach levels capable of affecting health. It results from an interplay between environmental factors, eating behavior, genes, epigenetics, and neuronal stimuli. The main aim of this book is to provide a state-of-the-art revision about the molecular mechanisms underpinning the development of obesity, reviewing the current knowledge in areas like monogenic and polygenic obesity forms, but also providing an updated view of the emerging knowledge about epigenetics, nutrigenomics, and neuronal aspects that also contribute to obesity.
Offers a comprehensive review of efforts aimed at uncovering genetic variants associated with obesity
Challenges in understanding development of obesity.- Monogenic forms of obesity.- Heterogeneous obesity syndromes: new strategies for diagnosis.- Genetic contribution: common forms of obesity.- The role of the GWAS identified FTO locus in regulating body size and composition.- Neural vulnerability factors that increase risk for weight gain: prevention and treatment implications.- Molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of food intake.- Epigenetics of human obesity: a link between genetics and nutrition.- MicroRNAs in obesity and metabolism.- Obesity study: animal models.- From Homo obesus to Homo diabesus: neuroadipology insight.- Obesity and type 2 diabetes. _