Physiological and psychological mechanisms of resistance to weight loss

Supervisor(s)

Contact Dr Mark Hopkins to discuss this project further informally. 

Project description

While it is clear that marked individual variability exists in dietary and exercise-induced weight loss, the adaptive biological and behavioural responses that resist weight loss and drive weight regain remain unclear. As such, there is a need to identify mechanisms that predict successful long-term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Of particular interest are the responses seen in appetite and food intake during weight loss, with compensatory changes in eating behaviour thought to play an important role in undermining attempts to induce energy deficit and promoting weight relapse.

This project will examine the physiological and psychological determinants of food intake during dietary and/or exercise-induced weight loss, as a means of: 1. Developing models of energy balance that describe the drivers of appetite and energy intake during weight loss. 2. Identifying physiological, metabolic and behavioural mechanisms that resist weight loss and under-pin weight relapse. 3. Identifying predictors of successful weight loss maintenance.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant science subject such as (but not limited to) nutrition, food science, sport science or biology.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Physiological and Psychological Mechanisms of Resistance to Weight Loss’ as well as Dr Mark Hopkins as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk