Weight Loss Success in the New Year

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital December 29, 2016

Many people begin a new year with a resolution to lose weight. To help support your goals for 2017, specialists in the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have compiled resources with information about weight loss.

 

Controlling the Hunger Hormone

Have you ever thought about what makes you feel hungry or full? There are many signals in the body that help to control the amount of food we eat. Ghrelin, which is sometimes called the hunger hormone, is one of these signals. Learn more about this important hormone in this blog post.

 

 

 

Improving Quality of Life after Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is about much more than weight loss. In fact, it’s often called metabolic and bariatric surgery because it can lead to an improvement in many health conditions. Find out more about the benefits of weight loss surgery in this blog post.

 

 

Walk from Obesity – Raising Awareness

In late spring, the Boston Walk from Obesity will begin and end at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) and wind through the beautiful Arnold Arboretum. Funds raised through the event are used to support obesity-related research, education, and awareness programs promoted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation. Read more about prior events and learn how you can get involved.

 

 

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

This video features members from the BWH Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, including Scott Shikora, MD, Director, Bariatric Nutrition Coordinator Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN, and Bariatric Program Manager Kellene A. Isom, MS, RD, LDN. Viewing our New Patient Information video is the first step in considering whether bariatric surgery makes sense for you.

 

Sleep More to Eat Less: How Sleep Affects the “Hunger Hormone”

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 28, 2016

A young caucasian woman standing in front of the open refrigerator at late night, contemplating and wondering about a midnight snack in a domestic home kitchen. She is dressed in a bath robe hungry and looking for food. A symbol of dieting lifestyle. Photographed in vertical format.

Research has shown that ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, is impacted by sleep patterns and weight loss surgery.

Contributors: Malcolm K. Robinson, MD, FACS, Director of the Nutrition Support Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN, Bariatric Nutrition Manager at BWH, and Hassan S. Dashti, PhD, a dietetic intern at BWH.

Have you ever considered what makes you feel hungry or full? Many signals within the body help control the amount of food we eat. Ghrelin, which is sometimes called the hunger hormone, is one of these signals.

Produced in the upper part of the stomach, ghrelin is a hormone that increases hunger. When the stomach is empty, ghrelin travels through the bloodstream and tells the brain to signal hunger. After eating, the stomach stops releasing ghrelin. Ghrelin levels change throughout the day. They are high just before eating a meal, letting you know that you are hungry, and low just after eating, letting you know that you are full. Read More »