This website is being restored, please be patient. It was formerly for the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, located in St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. It was an Academic Affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was a National Institutes of Health Funded Obesity Nutrition Research Center.
What happened is not entirely clear yet. The website was shut down and the domain name was auctioned, perhaps more than once. Luckily, it has ended up with me, Dr. Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC. I’m a radiologist in Canada with a long-standing interest in body weight science. You’ll discover as I did, about dopamine having a central role in the brain’s reward, pleasure and addiction system.
Weight loss strategies need to give the brain the dopamine it wants, or they will fail. Other “vices” like alcohol and gambling give the dopamine pleasure effect, but some other non-vices like video games give it too, especially with random intermittent success.
I’m looking forward to weight loss programs that give ongoing motivation and incorporate gamification and daily neuro-linguistic programming NLP reinforcement. That’s the future, but let’s base it on the science of weight loss that this site summarizes fantastically in some excellent seminars and presentations.
At the moment, the highest priority is to restore the valuable information that was previously here, documenting the important work of academic researchers and their peer-reviewed publications on the topics of obesity and weight loss programs.
Some of my favorite articles
- Fatty and Sugary foods, dopamine and obesity. A good review.
- Tasty foods bring pleasure that leads to weight gain.
- Dopamine reward, pleasure and addiction, from some foods
- Foods from animal fats (butter, cream) reduce your learning ability.
I like good articles about high protein diets too
- High protein diets cause reduced appetite and weight loss
- More details about high protein diets and amino acids
- Further details on how high protein diets cause weight loss
Articles about neurochemicals that affect hunger and eating
- Neuropeptide Y and Orexin A and B
- Neuropeptide Y and the hypothalamus
- Leptin resistance
- Amino acids affect the amount you eat
- Melanocortin 4, Marijuana and the CB1R receptor
- Stress hormones, CRH and weight loss
- Ghrelin – a gut peptide that affects the brain
Articles about eating disorders
- Anorexia Nervosa and Bulemia have differences.
- Postive and negative re-inforcements in eating disorders.
- Binge Eating Disorder patients eat more on a test meal.
- Food addiction
- Night eating syndrome
Articles on anatomy