Many people have been fascinated by the massive weight loss seen in contestants on the reality TV series “The Biggest Loser.” But what happens when they go home?
NIDDK/NIH Senior Investigator Kevin Hall, PhD, wanted to find out and he will share the results of the NIH study of former contestants at 11:00 am Friday in Room 307 during his talk “Why So Many People Fail to Keep Off the Weight They Lose.”
Dr. Hall noted that their recent study of the “Biggest Loser” contestants demonstrated powerful biological responses that resist weight loss by increasing appetite and slowing metabolism.
“I will discuss recent studies that quantify the relative magnitude of the biological responses to weight loss and their role in the feedback control of human body weight,” said Dr. Hall. “Furthermore, I will describe the generally unimpressive long-term results of weight loss diet trials, their implications for treatment of obesity, and why there may not be any ‘best diet’ for weight loss.”
Dr. Hall is a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD where his laboratory studies macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight regulation. He has twice received the Director’s Award from both the NIH and the NIDDK and has also received the E.V. McCullum Award from the American Society for Nutrition, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, and the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology.