New studies by McMaster University researchers, published in CMAJ Open, have confirmed that people of all ages find it difficult to prevent weight gain; that it is terrifically difficult to get rid of it later and to keep it off once lost. However, even small weight losses can mean better health.
The McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre reviewed hundreds of recent studies about overweight and obesity published in the past decade. The last of its five related papers was published today.
"This is an important area to investigate, as we know that overweight and obesity are public health problems impacting a growing proportion of the Canadian population, and that this is related to many health problems," said Leslea Peirson, lead author and study coordinator.
The links between zoonosis — or infectious diseases of animals that can naturally be transmitted to humans — and pandemics in our changing world was the topic of the Chanchlani Global Health Research lecture given Wednesday by Ab Osterhaus, a world-renowned virology professor from the Netherlands.
Osterhaus has a long track record as a scientific researcher, known for discovery of more than 50 new viruses of humans and animals, along with development of new prevention and treatment strategies. These have helped authorities such as the World Health Organization effectively combat disease outbreaks like SARS and the avian influenza.