Discoveries Magazine



Weight and Measures

The relative fat mass (RFM) index may replace the body mass index (BMI) as the new standard for determining healthy weight.

Do I Look Fat in these Genes?

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai are recreating brain neurons to study obesity and personalize treatment.

Diabetes Disparity

Genetic Differences Might Drive Diabetes Development Illustration: Davide Bonazzi Diabetes disproportionately affects African-Americans and Mexican-Americans, with rates as high as 13 and 14 percent, respectively, compared to 7 percent for non-Latino whites. Lifestyle factors and insulin resistance play major roles Read On

The Hills Are Alive With Weight Loss

New research led by the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute shows the prevalence of obesity among men residing at higher elevations is less than in those living in lower elevations.

Beyond the Bench

CASE STUDY 7: At the Kitchen Table Mindy Mamelak has been assembling a lot of meals lately — boxes filled with fig bars, string cheese, pasta with meat sauce, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches. It might sound like she’s Read On

The Skinny on Diabetes

Tracking new data, key numbers, and what’s brewing in our labs—plus a few unexpected facts—all in one sweet infographic. Read On

The Battle of the Bulge

Photo illustration: Dan Saelinger Methane-producing bacteria. Mutating genes. Hunger-inducing hormones. Understanding the myriad microscopic factors inside our bodies that contribute to weight gain and obesity could help curb the epidemic—and tip the scale toward improved disease prevention. In the clinic’s Read On

Body Mass Index Calculator

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.