Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely than others to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles.
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Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles.
Fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, so people may feel full earlier. But without a reduction in overall calories, weight gain would be more likely than weight loss, researchers said. Although low in calories compared with other commonly consumed foods, fruits and vegetables can still add calories to an overall diet.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said that obesity in elephants is no laughing matter. "Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity," said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences. "Much as we see in humans, excess fat in elephants contributes to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility."
Community volunteers pulled, straightened and draped long strips of colored fabric in the lobby of UAB'sAbroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Thursday afternoon, folding, matching and contrasting colors, preparing for the unveiling of a unique art installation on the UAB campus.
Amanda Browder, the Brooklyn-based artist behind the project, titled "Magic Chromacity," walked along the fabric providing helpful instructions as it was readied to adorn the exterior of AEIVA, and the Alys Stephens Center across the street.