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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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The Role of exercise in weight management: is exercise a bitter pill to swallow? - Profesor Neil King

2nd June 2015, 12:30 to 13:30, F009 Wolfson Seminar Room, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, Professor Neil King, Acting Assistant Dean (Research), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

John Snow College and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing are pleased to host this joint guest lecture by Professor Neil King on Tuesday 2nd June 2015, 12.30pm - 1.30pm.


Several years ago and more recently, the media portrayed exercise to play a futile role in obesity and weight management. Misperceptions about exercise contribute to low exercise adoption and adherence. For example, there is a belief that exercise stimulates hunger and food intake, thus damaging any potential for exercise to create a sustained energy deficit. Most of the evidence suggests that exercise does not automatically drive up hunger and food intake. What is clear is that there is large variability in the responses to exercise, even when the exercise is supervised and no inter-individual differences in exercise-induced energy deficit.

Compensatory responses to the exercise account for some of this variability. Indeed, some people do experience an orexigenic response to exercise; but not everyone.

Exercise has benefits beyond weight loss. Exercise does have a role to play in weight management. This presentation will provide evidence of exercise’s role and quash several common myths about exercise and weight management.


Neil is nationally and internationally recognised as a researcher in physical activity, appetite control and energy balance. He co-ordinates the Human Appetite Research Centre at QUT. His research has advanced the understanding of the interaction between exercise, satiety and appetite regulation, and in particular, the role of exercise in weight management. 

Please email Andrea Hagan to reserve your place. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

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