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Why Am I So Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?

“Why am I so hungry when I am morbidly obese?”. This is one of the most commonly asked questions from my obese patients. They often come to me feeling like a failure because they can’t follow the weight loss advice of their physician to “just eat less food”. This is extremely difficult to do when you are always hungry. What could possibly be creating these feelings of hunger? There are primarily two hormones that tell us when we are hungry and when we are full; ghrelin and leptin. Leptin is produced by fat cells; it turns on the signal that tells us we are full and turns off the signal that tells us we are hungry. Ghrelin is produced by ...

Food Pollution: Eating Disorders and Obesity

photo used under a creative commons license  In this week’s episode we discussed the effects of Food Pollution on Eating Disorders and Obesity. Listen to internet radio with Eating Disorder Pro on Blog Talk Radio In this episode we covered: 5:25 – The Systems Involved in Regulation of Appetite, Fat Storage, Weight Loss, Weight Gain, and Food Addiction 6:10 – What is Leptin? 6:24 – White Adipose Tissue (WAT) and Triglycerides 9:07 – The Effects of Food Pollution on the Weight Management System 10:57 – The Starvation Hormone – Leptin 11:40 – What drives Leptin Levels? 12:56 – Leptin Resistance 13:50 – Caller Question – How can I find out what my leptin levels are? 17:00 – Leptin Resistance 19:00 – ...
Adiponectin, leptin, and yoga practice

The Potential Effects of Yoga on Overall Health

photo used under a creative commons license A recent study published by Ohio State University investigated the mechanisms of hatha yoga’s potential stress-reduction benefits. To do so, researchers compared adiponectin and leptin levels in yoga novices and yoga experts; a novice was defined as an individual that participated in 6-12 yoga sessions in the past year, an expert was defined as an individual that had participated in 1-2 yoga weekly yoga session for at least two years AND at least 2 weekly sessions in the past year. Leptin is also known as the “starvation hormone”.Leptin sends a signal to our brains that fat cells have enough stored energy to engage in normal metabolic processes. Every individual has an optimal level ...

Why Rapid Weight Gain Decreases Treatment Success Rates

At many inpatient eating disorder treatment centers patients with anorexia nervosa are required to restore their weight quickly; I’ve had patients that were forced to gain 20 pounds in 21 days! Not coincidentally, 21 days was the amount of time that managed care would cover.  There are numerous reasons as to why gaining weight this quickly actually sets the patient up for relapse. Let’s look at what gaining weight at a rapid rate does to leptin levels. In the malnourished, underweight anorexic, leptin levels are typically very low, due to low fat reserves. Usually, leptin levels reach normal levels during weight restoration. However, when weight is gained too quickly, leptin levels rise too quickly and may exceed the normal range. Of course this has the opposite ...
Neuroendocrine Changes - Anorexia, Normal Starvation

Neuroendocrine System Changes: Anorexia vs. Normal Starvation

Whether a person experiences normal starvation or starvation through anorexia, the neuroendocrine system tries to adapt. Below is a comparison of the changes to cholecystokin, leptin, serotonin, dopamine, neuropeptide YY, ghrelin, galanin, and norepinephrine in normal starvation, anorexia, and in post-recovery from anorexia. Like me on Facebook Twitter @drrenae Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement Read About Dr Norton View video about Dr Norton Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions ...
Sugar Consumption in the US

Sugar Consumption Among US Children and Teenagers

photo used under creative common license “For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles.” Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a data brief which examined the consumption of “added sugar” among American children and teenagers. On average, today’s children and teens obtain 16% of their daily calories from added sugar; the USDA recommends that no more than 5-15% of daily calories come ...
Fooducate

The Connection Between Eating Disorders, Obesity and Our Food Supply

I was recently asked by the folks at Fooducate to write an article for their blog readers about how eating real (clean) food helps those with eating disorders overcome their challenges. It was such an honor to be able to share my work with their readers! Be sure to visit the Fooducate blog to read my article “The Connection Between Eating Disorders, Obesity and Our Food Supply” Let’s Connect! Take my new Eating Disorder survey! Like me on Facebook Twitter @drrenae Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement Read About Dr Norton View video about Dr Norton Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for ...

Appetite Hormones 101: Peptide YY

“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.” In this third and final installment of the series, “Appetite Hormones 101”, we will discuss Peptide YY (PYY). The purpose of this series is to ...

Appetite Hormones 101: Leptin

This series is designed to explain the role of hormones on both appetite and body weight goals, whether it’s weight loss or weight restoration. “Appetite Hormones 101” will be made up of three articles that describe the major appetite hormones: leptin, ghrelin, and peptide YY. Leptin Leptin, discovered by scientists in 1994, is also known as the “starvation hormone”. According to leptin expert, Dr Robert Lustig, leptin sends a signal to our brains that fat cells have enough stored energy to engage in normal metabolic processes. Every individual has an optimal level of leptin, which is thought to be determined genetically. When leptin levels are below optimal levels, the brain receives a message to conserve energy because the body is ...
Whole Foods

What Whole Foods Market Is Doing To Help Us Reduce Our Exposure to Obesogens.

        “Is Your Shampoo Affecting Your Weight Management Goals?” revealed a lot of information about the presence of obesogens in our environment. Since that post, I’ve found some really comforting news! Whole Foods Market is taking steps to make us more aware of products containing obesogens.   This means we will be able to make more informed decisions without having to read every label for every product we purchase, they’ve already done some of the work for us. What are they doing to make us more informed consumers? The take-out containers in their Prepared Foods Area are made of uncoated “molded pulp”. As mentioned in “Is Your Shampoo Affecting Your Weight Management Goals?”, many leaders in the ...
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