December 2, 2010
As millions of Americans battle obesity a UAMS doctor makes a break through that may help. Gwen Childs P.h.D. specialize in neurobiology, but it’s her research uncovering a possible link to obesity that’s gaining national attention.
At Jazzercise Little Rock, the focus is fitness. Angie Chance says most of her clients workout to feel and look good. “If I didn’t have it I would be grouchy and overweight,” says Chance.
Childs agrees, while researching puberty she made a discovery, when test mice unexpectedly ballooned.
“They didn’t appear to be eating more but they continued to get fatter, and fatter and fatter with age and then about two months later the females started to get fat and they even got fatter than the males,” says Chance.
What she found was leptin, a hormone known to work in the brain to control appetite also has a special relationship with growth hormone cells, known to control weight by breaking down fat cells.
“What this suggests to me is that growth hormone cells are a very important component of the bodies ability to maintain optimal body composition or optimal weight,” says Chance.