Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine

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Over the past 20 years, obesity and its related diseases have become a growing health concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Multiple factors play an interactive role in the development and maintenance of obesity, including genetics, lifestyle habits, our social environments and diet. As a disease with diverse etiologies, many fields of study, ranging from cell biology to public policy, have integrated their research to better understand the evolution of obesity and to develop more efficacious public policy and behavioral and medical treatments. The image depicted here includes an adipose tissue background overlaid with silhouettes illustrating both the evolution of man toward and away from obesity, highlighting the efforts of researchers in the treatment of this growing disease. Original cover design by Roxanna Shohadaee.


The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine is a PubMed-indexed, open access, quarterly journal edited by Yale biomedical faculty and students and peer reviewed by an extensive network of experts in the fields of biology and medicine. The journal aims to showcase outstanding research articles from all areas of biology and medicine, to publish significant case reviews, and to provide both perspectives on personal experiences in medicine and reviews of the current state of biology and medicine.

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Volume 87, Issue 2

Thinking Evolutionarily About Obesity

Elizabeth A. Genné-Bacon

Effects of Dairy on Metabolic Syndrome Parameters: A Review

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A Temperature Hypothesis of Hypothalamus-Driven Obesity

Tamas L. Horvath, Nina S. Stachenfeld, Sabrina Diano

Obesity: From Public Health to Public Policy: An Interview with Marlene Schwartz, PhD

Danielle M. Gerhard, Melissa S. Monsey