Innovators: Fat of the Land

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Statistics indicate that one out of every three Americans is obese, and the extra weight puts these people at high risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers. Innovators: Fat of the Land looks at the causes of the problem, which results from a tendency toward sedentary behavior and the easy availability of foods high in saturated fat. Dieting is not a solution for many individuals, because the brain has a mechanism for maintaining a certain weight, called a set point. Research into possible answers include hormonal therapy and investigation of genes associated with obesity.