http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43822604 There was a programme on BBC1 earlier in the week. The article sums up what the programme covered although the programme also highlighted significant increase in consumption of junk food and takeaways. Being firmly in the obese category myself I thought this content was interesting particularly showing the twins where there was a visible difference in weight and the heavier one had half the level of gut bacteria diversity of her thin sister. Also I hadn’t heard it quantified, although I knew implicitly from my own family, that the genetics makes such a substantial contribution to obesity. As someone who struggles with portion control and satiety (I find it almost impossible to leave left overs in the fridge til the next day) I am very interested in the research covered at the end of the article. They are giving obese people a mix of hormones including leptin by injection. This seems to give the benefits of gastric bypass without surgery. A guy interviewed had lost 7kg in 28 days. I really hope this works and gets adopted as I would definitely benefit from it. I’ve already lost 19kg by changing what I eat but it isn’t easy for me to get control of how much especially I found during the winter months. PS anyone struggling to lose weight join us on the weight loss thread.