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The following content is written by Brian Steffen, PhD. Brian Steffen is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Steffen earned his PhD in physiology at the University of Missouri, and has various research interests including obesity, clinical lipidology, and lifestyle factors in future disease.  His current research focuses on risk factors for cardio-metabolic disease development in human prospective study populations.

Obesity: Beyond ‘Calories Consumed’ and ‘Calories Burned’

Obesity remains a nationwide epidemic.  Our western diet, the wide-availability of cheap /low-quality calories, and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute to the problem.  But as with everything, the full story is much more complex, and the science of obesity has moved past the... To read this entire article, please click here to become a CalorieFeed member and begin receiving healthful tips every month!

Inflammation and the Hypothalamus

Before delving in to how inflammation is harmful, it must first be recognized that inflammation is a necessary biological process for fighting infection and wound healing—ultimately, we would have died off a long time ago without it.  But inflammation can also be... To read this entire article, please click here to become a CalorieFeed member and begin receiving healthful tips every month!

Unhealthy Fats

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a diet that is high in saturated and trans-fats has been shown to promote inflammation.  Saturated fats are found in... To read this entire article, please click here to become a CalorieFeed member and begin receiving healthful tips every month!

A Way Forward

There are multiple alternatives to saturated fat including monounsaturated fats found in olive oil and the polyunsaturated fats—these include the omega-3 and omega-6 fats.  The marine omega-3 fats... To read this entire article, please click here to become a CalorieFeed member and begin receiving healthful tips every month!