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Causes and control of excess body fat

Nature volume 459, pages 340342 (21 May 2009) | Download Citation


Obesity is a major health problem in developed countries and a growing one in the developing world. It increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver and some forms of cancer. A better understanding of the biological basis of obesity should aid its prevention and treatment.

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  1. Jeffrey M. Friedman is at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York 10065, USA.

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Jeffery M. Friedman consults for Amylin Pharmaceuticals. He also has a financial interest in leptin through the Rockefeller University patent policy.

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