July 27, 2015 | Research News
Study will explore taste changes related to obesity, gastric bypass surgery
Currently, one of the most effective surgical methods for treating obesity is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, which limits the amount of food and drink that can be ingested at one time and the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed through the intestinal tract. An unintended side effect of RYGB is that it reduces the patient's taste for sweet and fatty foods-but there is no scientific explanation for why these taste changes occur.
July 7, 2015 | Research News
Study finds high-fat diet changes gut microflora, signals to brain
According to a recent study, eating foods high in fat—good-tasting french fries, for example—changes the populations of bacteria innate to flora in the digestive tract, or gut, and alters signaling to the brain. The result: People no longer recognize that they are full, which can cause overeating, a leading cause of obesity.
March 31, 2015 | Research News
Physician recommendations result in greater weight loss, UGA research finds
Patients advised to lose weight by their physicians dropped more pounds on average than those who didn't receive a recommendation, according to new research from the University of Georgia published in the journal Economics & Human Biology.
February 27, 2015 | Research News
UGA receives $1.7 million USDA grant to improve nutrition in Georgia
A team of University of Georgia researchers, led by a faculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the nutritional habits of low-income Georgians.
January 28, 2015 | General News
Revamped Walk Georgia ready to get Georgians moving this winter
University of Georgia Extension is rolling out a revamped version of Walk Georgia, a community physical activity program that's already helped about 50,000 Georgians become more active. Starting Feb. 1, people can enroll in the improved online program.
November 10, 2014 | Research News
Chemical in coffee may help prevent obesity-related disease
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a chemical compound commonly found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity.
October 31, 2014 | Research News
UGA researcher studies obesity’s role in breast, ovarian cancers
Mandi Murph in the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy is focusing her research efforts on the role of obesity in the promotion and development of women's cancer, both breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
October 29, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers to study cause of obesity-related inflammation
Not all fat is made the same. Scientists have observed that fat cells in an obese person produce more molecules called adipokines, which catch the attention of the body's immune system, causing them to invade fatty tissues.
October 2, 2014 | Events on Campus
UGA professor to speak on nutrition and childhood obesity at Athens Science Café
Caree Cotwright, an assistant professor of foods nutrition at the University of Georgia, will speak about nutrition and childhood obesity at the Athens Science Café meeting on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Chase Street Elementary School. The event is free and open to the public.
September 23, 2014 | General News
SEC Symposium shows the league is about more than sports
The 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, held Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta, included an SEC Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts Reception where all symposium participants had an opportunity to meet and visit with senior leaders from around the SEC.
September 10, 2014 | General News
UGA team begins after-school enrichment program at two Clarke County elementary schools
A multidisciplinary team of University of Georgia faculty is partnering with the Clarke County School District this fall to provide a new after-school enrichment program aimed at improving the children's health and stimulate their learning in reading and mathematics. The program currently serves about 60 children in two elementary schools.
August 29, 2014 | Events on Campus
UGA to address State of Public Health at third annual conference Sept. 10
The third annual State of Public Health Conference, hosted by the University of Georgia College of Public Health, will be held Sept. 10 in the UGA Hotel and Conference Center.
May 23, 2014 | General News
UGA mourns passing of Obesity Initiative director Clifton A. Baile
Clifton A. "Cliff" Baile, a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor and GRA Eminent Scholar in Biotechnology at the University of Georgia whose recent research focused on the physiology and biochemistry of obesity and bone disorders, died May 19 following a cerebral aneurysm. He was 74.
May 20, 2014 | Events on Campus
Two conferences in June to analyze obesity, family health, well-being
The University of Georgia will be the epicenter of two conferences addressing health and well-being next month.
May 14, 2014 | Research News
Virtual pet leads to increased physical activity for kids, UGA research says
Placing children into a mixed reality-part virtual environment and part real world-has great potential for increasing their physical activity and decreasing their risk of obesity, according to University of Georgia researchers.