Obesity researcher set to speak in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A scientist who assisted in the discovery of a hormone that helps regulate appetite and body weight is the featured speaker at a childhood obesity conference in Huntington.

Jeffrey Friedman of Rockefeller University in New York is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The conference is being hosted by Marshall University’s medical school.

The work by Friedman and Douglas Coleman of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, showed that obesity is frequently linked to metabolic disruptions, or the lack of leptin, rather than being a self-induced problem.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling also is scheduled to address the conference.

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