The relationship between Zinc and Obesity is moderately strong. Zinc ranks 23 of 605 Obesity treatments on our list.


Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

Zinc, in commerce also spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30.

Researchers have concluded:

  • The patients having lower hair loss at six months after surgery had higher zinc and iron intake and lower compromise of the nutritional status of both minerals.1
  • These preliminary results suggest both a relationship between ZAG expression and pathways involving adipokines or estrogen and that ZAG may be a potential breast cancer biomarker.2

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Strength of evidence

Zinc for Obesity ranks in the top 73% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed. (Higher number, stronger evidence.)

We found 52 studies on people and 77 studies on animals. Importantly, we found only 1 study that was randomized and controlled. Such studies are considered the most rigorous, and help to establish or disprove a cause-and-effect relationship between prospective treatments and conditions. So there may be some good evidence on which to make a decision about using this treatment.

How it compares

Here's how Zinc compares to other Obesity treatments we analyzed, as well as to all condition-treatment relationships:

Amount of research

The relationship between Obesity and Zinc has been modestly researched. We found at least 588 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the bottom 37% of relationships we have analyzed between treatments and conditions.

Research trends

Are researchers becoming more or less interested in Zinc for Obesity? The pace of research appears to be increasing:

Important caveat—help improve this information

Please note that our analysis is automated and imperfect. If you have personal insight, please help improve our analysis by rating this relationship and the research supporting it. And check back regularly; we last analyzed research for this relationship on Mar 13, 2014, and are constantly updating our database and algorithms.

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