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Availability of high-fat foods might drive the obesity epidemic

Nature Reviews Endocrinologyvolume 14pages574575 (2018) | Download Citation

Obesity is a major health issue in the developed and developing world, and is in part due to excess dietary energy intake. A new study showed that increased fat content alone was associated with increased energy intake and adiposity, suggesting that the availability of high-fat foods might be driving the development of overweight or obesity.

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