The number of obesity cases has doubled since 1980: in 2014, over 600 million adults were affected across the world. The causes of this epidemic include unbalanced diet, as well as environmental and genetic factors. French researchers reveal that an epigenetic factor, the BAHD1 protein, participates in the regulatory mechanisms of cholesterol levels and weight gain. These results open new ways for finding therapies against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Obesity: an epigenetic track to fight against weight gain and hypercholesterolemia