Could gut bacteria help obese teens lose weight?

Head and shoulders portrait of Wayne

Paediatric endocrinologist Professor Wayne Cutfield was interviewed on RNZ's Nine to Noon on August 9, about the weight loss trial involving gut bugs from lean young people to help obese teenagers lose weight.

He is leading a team of researchers at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute focussing on whether introducing a range of diverse bacteria to an overweight person's system may result in them being able to better metabolise food, and lead to weight loss and health benefits. For more information about the study, or to join it, email

to the interview on RNZ.

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