New Research on Obesity

Expert alert – precision medicine and obesity

Mayo Clinic, 05/20/2015

Mayo Clinic researchers have identified five sub–categories of obesity in an effort to determine the most effective, individual treatments. Researchers found that an individual with obesity will eat around 150 calories more than a normal weight individual to feel full. Researchers also found the stomachs of patients with obesity empty faster and are larger. Obese individuals also had a lower level of a hormone that signals fullness than normal weight individuals. Based on these findings, researchers identified the following obesity sub–classifications:

  • Abnormal satiety – difficulty feeling full (20%)
  • Larger stomach (14%)
  • Behavior component (13%)
  • Stomach empties faster (13%)
  • Others (26%)

Using obesity sub–classification, physicians will be able to prescribe the most effective treatment. For example, patients with a larger stomach might be good surgical candidates, and patients with behavioral issues may benefit from counseling or anti–anxiety medications. In this initial study, researchers compared the efficacy of a satiety medication, a medication which helps patients feel full, to a placebo. When this satiety medication is normally prescribed, weight is reduced by 3 pounds per week. Using the sub–classification method, the same satiety medication could be prescribed to patients who had difficulty feeling full. In the study, these patients reduced weight by 6 pounds per week. This research was published recently in Gastroenterology.

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