As a scientist with first-hand experience of having carried (a lot of)
excess body weight, my mission is to help as many people as I can to attain
and maintain a healthy weight for life.
This mission started in seeking answers to my own struggles with excess
weight, hunger and binge eating. To this end, I undertook a Bachelor of
Science degree at the University of Western Australia - majoring in
Physiology and Biochemistry, with Honours in Physiology.
I then left my hometown of Perth and headed to Switzerland, with funding
from a Swiss Government Scholarship. There, I undertook a PhD at the
University of Geneva, during which I learned and discovered more about the
processes in the brain that contribute to hunger during and weight regain
after dieting. In the meantime, I was able to apply what I learned in my
research to myself - and I lost 28 kilos over 6 years.
After my PhD, I headed to Sydney, Australia, in order to uncover the
molecules in the brain that contribute to the processes that cause hunger
and weight regain in response to weight loss. I undertook this research at
the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Here I learned that while the
brain has a myriad of mechanisms to make us eat when food is scarce (for
example, during weight loss attempts via diet and / or exercise), those
mechanisms can be tamed by a period of eating more.
Seeking to translate my findings into benefits for other people, in 2012 I
University of Sydney's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise
& Eating Disorders
. Since then I have been running clinical weight
loss trials aimed at finding better ways to help people to lose excess
weight and keep it off.
My research has been funded by fellowships and grants from the National
Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and has been published in
international biomedical journals. For more details, please click here
The next stage of my research is to translate findings into immediate
benefits for others. Through my website, Dr Amanda Online, I look forward
to helping you or the people you care about to shed excess weight and be
the healthiest version of yourself.