Discussing how to keep weight off with Michelle Bridges, September 21st, 2017.
For so many people, losing even just a couple of kilograms is such hard work: careful attention to everything we eat, increased physical activity. Blood, sweat and tears. But the challenge starts only when we reach some weight loss. How do we keep it off? For so many people this is a tearful journey: all the ground lost as the lifestyle changes are unsustained 95% of the time.
Michelle’s team contacted me to try and understand more about the scientific background of why so many people find it so difficult to keep their weight off. It was a privilege to meet and discuss the science and the physiology of weight regulation with Michelle. Our conversation is captured in part of her latest book.
For part of an interview I gave to 60 Minutes on Sunday October 29th, 2017 on obesity and why it is such a problem follow the link below to Extra Minutes for the program:
ABC Radio: With Margaret Throsby, Discussing Gut Health and Music
Click here to listen to the ABC Radio Podcast on gut health, the food we eat and how. Broadcast 12:00pm, Tue 09 Sep 2014
According to the latest grim statistics, sixty percent of Australians are now overweight or obese. But while the focus continues to be on the evils of junk food and sedentary lifestyles, new research indicates that many serious conditions including asthma, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis could be prevented, and in some cases reversed, simply by a change in diet. And more specifically, by eating foods that promote healthy gut bacteria.
Professor Katherine Samaras is a senior staff specialist in endocrinology and metabolism at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and group leader in Clinical Diabetes and Obesity at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is also the Founder and Director of the Australian Centre for Metabolic Health (St Vincent’s Campus) addressing the diseases of diabetes and obesity, their treatment and prevention. Her research is helping to unravel the mysteries of fat tissue and how it affects our health, particularly how inflammation promotes different diseases, including diabetes, heart failure, cognition and dementia.
Her research collaborations outside Garvan include research on the impact of diabetes and obesity on ageing and cognition, epigenetics in diabetes and obesity, diabetes and metabolism in HIV, and diabetes and obesity prevention in mental illness.
Professor Samaras delivers a missive from the front line on the impact of obesity on our health. She discusses the factors, including ancient genes and modern envirommental shifts, that have led to the modern epidemic of obesity and its physical, mental and sociodemographic complications. She asks “whose fault is it”, examines individual choices and political, corporate and economic culpability. The challenge for inspired thinking and determined brave collaborative efforts across these domains is made.