May 3, 2016
The results of a study published this week in the journal Obesity and highlighted by The New York Times further adds to the complexity known to doctors and researchers about weight loss. The study, which looked at past contestants of the hit reality show “The Biggest Loser,” found most contestants, despite losing hundreds of pounds and acquiring resources to help them keep the weight off, not only put it back on but in some cases were heavier than before.
The likely culprit, researchers found, wasn’t old habits but was the body’s resting metabolic rate. It fell more quickly than expected, meaning participants were burning fewer calories while at rest, but it did not increase as weight crept on in the intervening years, which explains why some people actually weighed more than they did before the show.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, one of the early adopters of the realization that obesity is a disease with multiple causes and not simply a matter of calories in versus calories out, is available to discuss this research. He is the chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University and immediate past president of The Obesity Society, a premier professional organization of obesity researchers which publishes Obesity. He researches a human adenovirus that causes obesity, yet improves some metabolic factors. This research could lead to a vaccine to prevent a subset of obesity as well as novel anti-diabetic treatments. In addition, he has a strong interest in the treatment of obesity and has treated more than 10,000 patients for obesity. He has a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry and, among many honors and many publications, was awarded the 2015 American Society for Nutrition’s Osborne and Mendel Award, which recognizes recent outstanding basic research accomplishments in nutrition.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar,chairman and professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, (806) 834-6446 or email@example.com
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