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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 joined the 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.