Sources 11-15 – Jon Otero

FDA will take 3 more months to review diet pill

This article discusses why Qnexa’s ruling has been pushed back by the FDA. Since Vivus submitted more safety precautions for the drug-safety plan, like informative brochures, it is standard that the FDA take more time to review the information before deciding on whether to approve Qnexa or not. This article is very recent and when properly incorporated, can help readers of my paper understand how complex drug approvals can be.

Evidence for a role of developmental genes in the origin of obesity and body fat distribution

This source reveals the complexities of obesity that start at the genetic level. This is why some people can eat and exercise equally, yet still retain their own unique figures. Adipose, the connective tissue commonly known as fat, can be genetically programmed in various ways like location of storage, usage, and amount of storage. It is important to understand these factors when understanding why certain people may become obese and certain others will not.

Small Differences in Thyroid Function May Be Important for Body Mass Index and the Occurrence of Obesity in the Population

The thyroid gland is shown to play a crucial role in a person’s metabolism. This study proves that there’s a positive correlation with the amount of “TSH” and obesity. Certain diseases, like thyroid cancer, or even drugs that involve the thyroid, can cause a person to gain weight.

Poverty, Obesity, and Malnutrition: An International Perspective Recognizing the Paradox

This article discusses the correlation between poverty, malnutrition, and obesity. Malnutrition is often thought to be associated with skeletal figures and nearly no fat. However, this counterintuitive article shows that a person can be “overnourished” by the high calorie nutrient deficient food that is available for a low price. Since those at the poverty level have little or no money, they have to rely on this food. As a result, they gain weight, even though they’re malnourished.

Effect of Weight Loss in the Morbidly Obese Patient with Severe Disability

This article is extremely important because it shows that some obese, classified as morbidly obese, are actually disabled. They cannot do most of the essential functions to live and therefor diet and exercise could never be an option for these unfortunate cases. Their only solution would be drugs that promote weight loss, or some kind of surgery involving anesthetics.

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