01 December 2016
Indirect calorimetry: an indispensable tool to understand and predict obesity.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition hosts a new study, which summarizes recent research on the importance of indirect calorimetry in predicting weight gain and obesity.
The study reviewed data from indirect calorimetry key metabolic predictors (resting metabolic rate, spontaneous physical activity and respiratory quotient) to gain insights into the determinants of energy metabolism and its role in weight gain, and therefore the use of such method to combat obesity.
The study findings confirmed that "Indirect calorimetry is the most commonly used method to measure energy expenditure in the research setting and has provided unprecedented insights into the mechanisms by which energy homeostasis is regulated in response to weight loss or weight gain."
In addition "mathematical modeling based on indirect calorimetry data is likely to have a pivotal role in prescribing person-specific interventions and better inform on public health policies to halt the rise of global obesity".
Therefore it is proposed the "use of indirect calorimetry data as a basis for personalized interventions that may be efficacious in slowing down the rise of global obesity".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Indirect calorimetry: an indispensable tool to understand and predict obesity"
- Authors: Lam YY, Ravussin E
- Published in: Eur J Clin Nutr. 2016 Nov 16
The full study can be purchased at the following link: click here