The Obesity Epidemic: Why Some of Us Are Fat and What We Can Do About It

A Talk by Dr. Barry Levin, M.D.


More than one-third of US children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

In this Know Science talk, Dr. Levin will tackle the hard questions related to obesity:

  • What is obesity and how widespread is it?
  • Is obesity due to food addiction?
  • Why is it so hard for me to lose and keep off weight once I become obese?
  • The good and the bad- what treatments are there for obesity?
  • Why is obesity important- what serious medical conditions  are associated with obesity?
  • Is obesity inherited and how do early life events alter any inherited tendency to become obese?
  • What is the relationship among food intake, expenditure of calories, and storage of excess calories as fat?
  • How does the brain and body communicate to regulate food intake, body weight and obesity?

Dr. Barry Levin is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neurology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He has spent more than 30 years exploring the basic mechanisms by which the brain monitors and regulates the physiological and metabolic status of the body in animal models of obesity and type 2 diabetes. He did his undergraduate and medical school training at Emory University. As a resident in Internal Medicine at Cornell Affiliated Hospitals, Barry did a research fellowship at Rockefeller University with Jules Hirsh, one of the founding fathers of obesity research. There he assisted Dr. Hirsh in the assessment of various metabolic, physiological, and psychological aspects of extreme caloric restriction as a treatment for morbidly obese individuals. Barry then went on to train in Neurology at Cornell Affiliated Hospitals and NIH, and then to pursue a career in academic neurology at Dartmouth and New Jersey Medical Schools. Barry is excited to share his long career experience and wisdom through science outreach with Know Science.


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