Obesity & Nutrition

From ‘foodies’ to the latest diet fad, we have become obsessed with what we eat–and to a large extent, science has driven our interest in eating. Almost weekly there is a study in the mainstream media about what we should or should not be eating to improve our health. Epigenetics has been wrapped up in the food craze too–as many the results of many studies show links between diet and epigenetic changes on our genes. For example, some data suggest that the food we eat can influence the activity of our genes. Interesting studies in mice have shown that when expecting mothers eat a diet devoid of a certain nutrient it can have adverse effects on the developing fetus and their offspring can have a host of health problems like increased cancer risks and obesity. Our understanding of how these results translate to humans is still evolving, and the evidence is also strong that these changes reverse when our diet changes. Our increased attention on the food we eat is good for our overall health, but how much epigenetics is involved is a still question with a developing answer.

Understanding Epigenetics:
Obesity & Nutrition
Check out these stories for more context on epigenetics and agriculture
Epigenetics: Core misconcept
Mark Ptashne | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Why all identical twins are not identically obese
April 26, 2017 | Ben Locwin| Epigenetics Literacy Project
‘Epi-woo’: Hype surrounding epigenetics on social media can be ‘quite dangerous’
April 19, 2017 | Brigitte Nerlich| Epigenetics Literacy Project
Overeating linked to epigenetic changes in fat cells, small study finds
April 11, 2017 | Shrishti Ahuja| Medical News Bulletin
Breakthrough or bust? Examining the science and pseudoscience of epigenetics
April 10, 2017 | Lebaron Agostini| Epigenetics Literacy Project
Introducing Epigenetics: A graphic field guide for those trying to navigating a sea of information
March 06, 2017 | Nicholas Staropoli| Epigenetics Literacy Project
The past, present and future of epigenetics
February 27, 2017 | Cath Ennis, Oliver Pugh| Epigenetics Literacy Project
Obesity may epigenetically reprogram muscle stem cells
February 23, 2017 | Amy Wallace| United Press International
Obesity and menopause modify the epigenomic profile of breast cancer
April 26, 2017 | Ana Crujeiras | Endocrine Related Cancer
Zooming in on nuclear organization
March 22, 2017 | Katharine Wrighton | Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Recent advances in human genetics and epigenetics of adiposity: Pathway to precision medicine?
February 20, 2017 | Elizabeth Speliotes, Michael Mendelson, Tove Fall | Gastroenterology
Transforming cancer epigenetics using nutritive approaches and non-coding RNAs
February 13, 2017 | Centdrika Dates, Trygve Tollefsbol | Current Cancer Drug Targets
Epigenome-wide association study of body mass index, and the adverse outcomes of adiposity
January 17, 2017 | Simone Wahl, Alexander Drong, Benjamin Lehne, Marie Loh, William R Scott | Nature
Modulation of the vascular endothelium functioning by dietary components, the role of epigenetics
January 09, 2017 | Martyna Wojtala, Luciano Pirola, Aneta Balcerczyk | BioFactors
The political implications of epigenetics
January 09, 2017 | Shea Robison | Politics and the Life Sciences