Florence Conus

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Obesity is thought to be a heterogeneous disorder with several possible etiologies; therefore, by examining subtypes of obesity we attempt to understand obesity's heterogeneous nature. The purpose of this review was to investigate the roles of metabolic, body composition, and cardiovascular disease risk in subtypes of obesity. We briefly consider two(More)
The existence of a subgroup of normal-weight individuals displaying obesity-related phenotypic characteristics was first proposed in 1981. These individuals were identified as metabolically obese but normal weight (MONW). It was hypothesized that these individuals might be characterized by hyperinsulinemia and (or) insulin resistance, as well as by(More)
Ghrelin is a novel peptide that has been isolated from human and rat stomach tissues. Despite its known stimulatory effects on appetite and eating behavior, little information is available regarding its relationship with energy expenditure in normal-weight humans. To address this issue, we examined the relationship between serum ghrelin and resting(More)
A unique subset of individuals termed metabolically obese but normal weight (MONW) has been identified. These young women are potentially at increased risk for development of the metabolic syndrome despite their young age and normal body mass index. We seek to determine metabolic and behavioral factors that could potentially distinguish MONW women from(More)
OBJECTIVE Central fat mass (CFM) correlates with insulin resistance and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications. On the other hand, increased peripheral fat mass (PFM) is associated with higher insulin sensitivity. Thus, we examined the contribution of adipose tissue distribution, as assessed by the PFM/CFM ratio, to insulin(More)
AIM Dysregulation of the normal levels of ghrelin, leptin and adiponectin in young non-obese subjects could promote food intake, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in later stages of life. Little information is available on how plasmatic concentrations of these hormones may be influenced by eating habits and/or components of energy balance in a young(More)
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