Volume 41, Issue 6 (June 2017)

Special feature: health policies for obesity

Health policies are often deliberated in addressing the global epidemic of obesity. This special issue presents four cornerstone topics around health policies for obesity.The presentations address how health policies could potentially influence obesity, the challenges in developing policies that are effective and their intended and unintended consequences. Importantly, the special issue presents a recommendation for a process for developing effective health policies.

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Health policies for obesity: how to get there!  

N V Dhurandhar

Int J Obes 41: 829-830; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.91



Economics and obesity policy FREE  

J L Lusk

Int J Obes 41: 831-834; advance online publication, February 7, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.5

How to influence the obesity landscape using health policies  

A Peeters and K Backholer

Int J Obes 41: 835-839; advance online publication, February 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.24

The development of scientific evidence for health policies for obesity: why and how? FREE  

M B Richardson, M S Williams, K R Fontaine and D B Allison

Int J Obes 41: 840-848; advance online publication, April 18, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.71

What are the challenges in developing effective health policies for obesity?  

M Binks and S-H Chin

Int J Obes 41: 849-852; advance online publication, February 7, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.1



What have human experimental overfeeding studies taught us about adipose tissue expansion and susceptibility to obesity and metabolic complications? FREE

D J Cuthbertson, T Steele, J P Wilding, J C Halford, J A Harrold, M Hamer and F Karpe

Int J Obes 41: 853-865; advance online publication, March 28, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.4


Original Articles

Clinical Studies and Practice

Healthy obesity and risk of accelerated functional decline and disability Open

J A Bell, S Sabia, A Singh-Manoux, M Hamer and M Kivimäki

Int J Obes 41: 866-872; advance online publication, March 14, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.51

Associations between physical activity and BMI, body fatness, and visceral adiposity in overweight or obese Latino and non-Latino adults

N Cameron, J Godino, J F Nichols, D Wing, L Hill and K Patrick

Int J Obes 41: 873-877; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.49

Thyroid hormones and changes in body weight and metabolic parameters in response to weight loss diets: the POUNDS LOST trial

G Liu, L Liang, G A Bray, L Qi, F B Hu, J Rood, F M Sacks and Q Sun

Int J Obes 41: 878-886; advance online publication, February 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.28

Eight weeks of overfeeding alters substrate partitioning without affecting metabolic flexibility in men FREE

C M Peterson, B Zhang, D L Johannsen and E Ravussin

Int J Obes 41: 887-893; advance online publication, March 28, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.58

Weight loss-induced cellular stress in subcutaneous adipose tissue and the risk for weight regain in overweight and obese adults

N J T Roumans, R G Vink, F G Bouwman, P Fazelzadeh, M A van Baak and E C M Mariman

Int J Obes 41: 894-901; doi:10.1038/ijo.2016.221

Weight loss after laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and resolution of the metabolic syndrome and its components

G J Ooi, L Doyle, T Tie, J M Wentworth, C Laurie, A Earnest, M A Cowley, K Sikaris, C W le Roux, P R Burton, P E O'Brien and W A Brown

Int J Obes 41: 902-908; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.59

The effects of supervised exercise training 12–24 months after bariatric surgery on physical function and body composition: a randomised controlled trial

L Y Herring, C Stevinson, P Carter, S J H Biddle, D Bowrey, C Sutton and M J Davies

Int J Obes 41: 909-916; advance online publication, March 28, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.60

Serum lipidomics reveals early differential effects of gastric bypass compared with banding on phospholipids and sphingolipids independent of differences in weight loss

B D Kayser, M Lhomme, M C Dao, F Ichou, J-L Bouillot, E Prifti, A Kontush, J-M Chevallier, J Aron-Wisnewsky, I Dugail and K Clément

Int J Obes 41: 917-925; advance online publication, April 4, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.63

Animal Models

Antihypertensive agents do not prevent blood–brain barrier dysfunction and cognitive deficits in dietary-induced obese mice FREE

J C L Mamo, V Lam, C Giles, S H Coulson, N Fimognari, A Mooranian, H Al-Salami and R Takechi

Int J Obes 41: 926-934; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.57

Butyrate restores HFD-induced adaptations in brain function and metabolism in mid-adult obese mice

I A C Arnoldussen, M Wiesmann, C E Pelgrim, E M Wielemaker, W van Duyvenvoorde, P L Amaral-Santos, L Verschuren, B J F Keijser, A Heerschap, R Kleemann, P Y Wielinga and A J Kiliaan

Int J Obes 41: 935-944; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.52

Hormone signaling and fatty liver in females: analysis of estrogen receptor α mutant mice

S Hart-Unger, Y Arao, K J Hamilton, S L Lierz, D E Malarkey, S C Hewitt, M Freemark and K S Korach

Int J Obes 41: 945-954; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.50


Adipocyte C1QTNF5 expression is BMI-dependently related to early adipose tissue dysfunction and systemic CTRP5 serum levels in obese children

J T Schwartze, K Landgraf, U Spielau, D Rockstroh, D Löffler, J Kratzsch, W Kiess and A Körner

Int J Obes 41: 955-963; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.54

Time trends and factors in body mass index and obesity among children in China: 1997–2011

H Wang, H Xue, S Du, J Zhang, Y Wang and B Zhang

Int J Obes 41: 964-970; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.53

Epidemiology and Population Health

Obesity/overweight reduces the risk of active tuberculosis: a nationwide population-based cohort study in Taiwan FREE

Y-F Yen, H-Y Hu, Y-L Lee, P-W Ku, I-F Lin, D Chu and Y-J Lai

Int J Obes 41: 971-975; advance online publication, March 28, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.64


Technical Report

Novel adipokines: methodological utility in human obesity research

F Eichelmann, N Rudovich, A F Pfeiffer, M B Schulze, R D Giuseppe, H Boeing and K Aleksandrova

Int J Obes 41: 976-981; advance online publication, April 4, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.68


Short Communications

Myeloperoxidase-positive cell infiltration of normal colorectal mucosa is related to body fatness and is predictive of adenoma occurrence

F Mariani, V Boarino, A Bertani, A Merighi, M Pedroni, G Rossi, S Mancini, P Sena, P Benatti and L Roncucci

Int J Obes 41: 982-985; advance online publication, April 25, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.80

High-fat meal, systemic inflammation and glucose homeostasis in obese children and adolescents

A Morandi, E Fornari, F Opri, M Corradi, M Tommasi, R Bonadonna and C Maffeis

Int J Obes 41: 986-989; advance online publication, March 14, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.48

A DNA methylation site within the KLF13 gene is associated with orexigenic processes based on neural responses and ghrelin levels

L Wiemerslage, R Islam, C van der Kamp, H Cao, G Olivo, F Ence-Eriksson, S Castillo, A L Larsen, M Bandstein, L S Dahlberg, E Perland, V Gustavsson, J Nilsson, H Vogel, A Schürmann, E-M Larsson, M Rask-Andersen, C Benedict and H B Schiöth

Int J Obes 41: 990-994; advance online publication, April 26, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.43


Letter to the Editor

Association between DNA methylation at SOCS3 gene and body mass index might be due to familial confounding

S Li, E M Wong, M C Southey and J L Hopper

Int J Obes 41: 995-996; advance online publication, March 21, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.56



Induction of lipogenesis in white fat during cold exposure in mice: link to lean phenotype FREE

P Flachs, K Adamcova, P Zouhar, C Marques, P Janovska, I Viegas, J G Jones, K Bardova, M Svobodova, J Hansikova, O Kuda, M Rossmeisl, U Liisberg, A G Borkowska, K Kristiansen, L Madsen and J Kopecky

Int J Obes 41: 997; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.61

Weight losses with low-energy formula diets in obese patients with and without type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis Open

W S Leslie, R Taylor, L Harris and M E J Lean

Int J Obes 41: 997; advance online publication, March 14, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.46

Loss of anti-contractile effect of perivascular adipose tissue in offspring of obese rats FREE

K E Zaborska, M Wareing, G Edwards and C Austin

Int J Obes 41: 997; advance online publication, March 30, 2017; doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.17