Sean Davies Solves the Problem of Obesity in Mice

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Sean Davies PH.D. and Team

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

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Sean Davies, PH.D. and his team has created a probiotic bacteria that treats obesity in mice. 

The team has successfully created a bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the intestines that inhibit weight gain, and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet. 

Don’t jump for joy yet, regulatory issues must be addressed before moving from mice to human studies, Davies said.  But, the findings published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggest that it’s possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut – the gut microbiota – to treat obesity and other diseases. 

Davies said, “Essentially, we’ve prevented most of the negative consequences of obesity in mice, even though they’re eating a high-fat diet.”

According to, nih.gov,

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 – 19 are considered to be obese.

According to a Gallup poll a one percent increase in the obesity rate in 2013 over 2012 is the largest year-over-year increase since 2009.  Since 2008 the obesity rate has increased from 25.5 to 27.2 in 2013.

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The only thing to prevent obesity in most people is for the FDA to stop allowing

steroids in foods we consume that's the real problem.

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