This month, the editors of World Obesity’s journals comment on their choice of highlights from the latest issues.
Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor: 8.483)
January’s edition of Obesity Reviews is available to read. Editor Prof. David York has highlighted two articles of particular interest:
A Meta-analysis of RCTs on the efficacy of 11 different oral hypoglycaemic drugs for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) identifies the top two with equal efficacy as metformin and repaglinide.
- Is metformin still the most efficacious first‐line oral hypoglycaemic drug in treating type 2 diabetes? A network meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials
A Meta‐analysis shows that there is a positive association between gain‐of‐function variants in the MC4R and Binge Eating Disorder but no association was detected with loss‐of‐function mutations:
- Gain‐of‐function variants in the melanocortin 4 receptor gene confer susceptibility to binge eating disorder in subjects with obesity: a systematic review and meta‐analysis
There are also nine other reviews on topics ranging including Pediatric Obesity, Obesity Management and Treatment, Obesity Comorbidities and the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Obesity and its Comorbidities.
Clinical Obesity (2017 CiteScore: 1.65)
The new issue of Clinical Obesity is available to view! Editor Prof. Nick Finer has selected the following article as his Editor’s Choice for February, which is available to read for free for two months:
Editor’s comments: There is much evidence that medical professionals are biased against people with obesity, and that obesity management is under-represented in medical school curricula. This paper importantly shows that increased partnership skills training and quantity of interactions with peers with obesity was associated with self-rated competence by 4th year US medical students – a signpost for how training could improve access and quality of care for people with obesity.
Pediatric Obesity (Impact Factor: 3.98)
The February issue of Pediatric Obesity is now available to read! Editor Prof. Michael Goran comments:
February’s edition of Pediatric Obesity is a special issue with a collection of eight papers around the theme of “Brain, Behavior and Obesity in Children”. These papers include one of the first papers on neuroimaging of brain pathways involved in reward and motivation in children and concludes that body fat and sex are important moderators of brain food cue reactivity in children:
Using fMRI approaches in children, one paper by English et al found that children with episodic loss of control eating showed alterations in food-cue processing in the cerebellum:
- Increased brain and behavioural susceptibility to portion size in children with loss of control eating
Another paper, by Adise et al, found that regions of the brain associated with reward, cognitive control and emotion were involved in the brain response to food and money decisions independent of child weight:
Another study used a combination of structural MRI and hypothalamic fMRI to indicate evidence of hypothalamic inflammation in children with obesity which worsened with more severe obesity and this was also associated with a worse response to glucose ingestion:
- Initial evidence for hypothalamic gliosis in children with obesity by quantitative T2 MRI and implications for blood oxygen‐level dependent response to glucose ingestion
In a pilot intervention study, Vidmar et al summarize the results of novel addiction based mHealth intervention for teens with obesity and found high retention and compliance with significant reduction in BMI over six months:
Obesity Science & Practice
The latest issue of Obesity Science & Practice is still available to view. Editor Dr David B. Sarwer selected the following article as his Editor’s Choice:
Editor’s comments: The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program in the United States is a critically important program that supports the health and wellbeing of young families from underserved groups. In recent years, WIC has played a more central role promoting healthy nutrition and eating habits in new mothers and their children. This comprehensive review paper highlights that work and also describes additional opportunities to promote appropriate weight management strategies for women and their young children at this critical life period.
All articles in Obesity Science & Practice are available to read for free via open access.