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Cell. 2004 Jan 23;116(2):337-50.

Obesity wars: molecular progress confronts an expanding epidemic.

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Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02215, USA. jflier@bidmc.harvard.edu

Abstract

The worldwide prevalence of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate, with major adverse consequences for human health. This "obesity epidemic" is paralleled by a rapid and substantive increase in our understanding of molecular pathways and physiologic systems underlying the regulation of energy balance. While efforts to address the environmental factors that are responsible for the recent "epidemic" must continue, new molecular and physiologic insights into this system offer exciting possibilities for future development of successful therapies.

PMID:
14744442
DOI:
10.1016/s0092-8674(03)01081-x
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