Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?

21 November 2017

Summary of talk 
Conventional treatment for obesity, founded on the First Law of Thermodynamics, assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply “eat less and move more.” However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. According to an alternative approach, the metabolic state of the fat cells play a key role in determining body weight.  High intakes of processed carbohydrate raise insulin levels and program fat cells to store too many calories, leaving too few for the rest of the body. Consequently, hunger increases and metabolic rate slows in the body’s attempt to conserve energy. From this perspective, conventional calorie-restricted, low fat diets amount to symptomatic treatment, destined to fail for most people.  Instead, a dietary strategy aiming to lower insulin secretion promises to increase the effectiveness of long-term weight management and chronic disease prevention.

About the presenter 
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr Ludwig is Founder of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children's Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight.  In particular, he developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one lowers blood sugar and insulin after meals) for the treatment of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to improve the food environment. Dr. Ludwig is Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 150 scientific articles.  He has written 3 books for the public, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).

Please RSVP below so you don't miss out on the opportunity of hearing this distinguished international speaker.  This academic research seminar is proudly brought to you by the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders in the Charles Perkins Centre.

Kindly note that the content of this seminar largely overlaps with Dr Ludwig's 'Sydney Ideas' presentation on 14 November.

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Where:
    Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Please RSVP online via the registration table below
  • Contact: Mackenzie Fong mackenzie.fong@sydney.edu.au 


Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?

Where
Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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When

21 November 2017


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