health brief

Gut Microbiome May Influence Obesity

May Shed Light on Why Some Gain More Weight Than Others

Gut Microbiome May Influence Obesity - Ssdecoret/ShutterStock.com

A new study may shed light on why some people gain more weight than others regardless of diet and activity levels. Led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen and published in the journal Microbiome, the study found that being overweight may also be related to the makeup of a person’s gut microbiome.

The researchers studied 85 overweight adults and found that 40 percent of the participants had more Bacteroides in their gut microbiome, which are more effective at extracting nutrients from food, possibly causing leftover food to be stored as fat.

Before they began their study, the researchers had hypothesized that a long digestive travel time would allow people to extract more energy from their food, but they found instead that people with shorter digestive travel times were actually the ones that extracted the most nutrition. Those with Bacteroides had shorter intestinal transit times and higher body weight.


We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements contained on this website, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised.

The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Always seek the advice of your medical professional.

Search Articles

Contact Information

Michigan Healthy Living
& Sustainability, Inc.
d.b.a. Natural Awakenings of East Michigan
PO Box 283, Oxford, MI 48371

Telephone: 248-628-0125
Contact us by eMail