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Curr Obes Rep. 2012 Mar 1;1(1):1-8.

Gut Microbiota and Obesity.

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Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


The current obesity epidemic clearly has many causes, including the impact of our modern world on both our diet and our lifestyle/physical activity. Although many interventions have been recommended, the prevalence of obesity continues to rise and has forced a re-evaluation of the potential interventions that could have an impact. In recent years it has been definitively shown that microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract are altered in obese individuals. Recent data provide a potential mechanistic understanding of the interactions between microbiota and obesity and allow potential new interventions to the control of obesity to be proposed.

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