Lose weight– sleep more and turn the heat down

Really interesting podcast on obesity from Quirks and Quarks this week.  Apparently, there's a lot more to how much you weigh than diet and exercise (and even genetics).  Among the more interesting recent findings, it appears that the ratio of the particular types of bacteria in your intestine may have a significant effect on how you put on weight (the effect is quite clear in mice who carry similar types of bacteria to humans.  Additionally, the evidence is pretty good, that at least for some people being infected with a particular type of adenovirus makes your body more likely to put on fat.  Furthermore, a number of changing environmental/cultural factors, such as decreased sleep, increased maternal age at birth, and more climate control may very well be contributing to rising rates of obesity.  Give it a listen

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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