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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Metabolic and Hormonal Predictors of Obesity

Metabolic and Hormonal Predictors of Obesity

(p.377) 18 Metabolic and Hormonal Predictors of Obesity
Obesity Epidemiology

Frank B. Hu

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews epidemiologic studies on metabolic and hormonal predictors of obesity. It focuses primarily on prospective cohort studies, first discussing metabolic predictors, including resting metabolic rate (RMR), respiratory quotient (RQ), and insulin sensitivity, and then examining studies of hormonal predictors (such as ghrelin, leptin, and adiponectin) of obesity. For inflammatory cytokines, the chapter reviews recent prospective studies on C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen. Finally, it discusses the relationship between the stress hormone cortisol and adiposity.

Keywords:   obesity research, resting metabolic rate, respiratory quotient, insulin sensitivity, inflammatory cytokines, cortisol, adiposity

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