Presenter Information

Swathi Katta, University of Wyoming

Department

Department of Family Consumer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Enette Larson Meyer

Description

Obesity is a current epidemic in the United States with no medical treatment. Over 3.8 million Americans weigh over 300 pounds and the affects of obesity in the United State is increasing. The primary cause of obesity is energy imbalance. Obese people tend to consume well over the recommended amount of calories and tend to participate in minimal physical activity. Obesity has negative consequences on person’s physical being but also affects social, academic, mental and psychological well being. One of the avenues to help the affects of obesity is to study appetite and hunger. Two of the important hormones used in hunger regulation are ghrelin and leptin. These were two hormones that were recognized however, the main area of study was to understand the affect of the chemical compound lactic acid. The affects of lactic acid on human subjects and how it correlated with hunger were studied. We tested a certain population of walkers and runners to come in and exercise and rest. With each test day we would take blood samples and analyze the affect of lactate on hunger and hunger ratings. I hypothesis with the increase concentrations of lactic acid while exercising, hunger rates will decrease dramatically.

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The Effects of Running and Walking on Hormonal Regulators of Appetite

Obesity is a current epidemic in the United States with no medical treatment. Over 3.8 million Americans weigh over 300 pounds and the affects of obesity in the United State is increasing. The primary cause of obesity is energy imbalance. Obese people tend to consume well over the recommended amount of calories and tend to participate in minimal physical activity. Obesity has negative consequences on person’s physical being but also affects social, academic, mental and psychological well being. One of the avenues to help the affects of obesity is to study appetite and hunger. Two of the important hormones used in hunger regulation are ghrelin and leptin. These were two hormones that were recognized however, the main area of study was to understand the affect of the chemical compound lactic acid. The affects of lactic acid on human subjects and how it correlated with hunger were studied. We tested a certain population of walkers and runners to come in and exercise and rest. With each test day we would take blood samples and analyze the affect of lactate on hunger and hunger ratings. I hypothesis with the increase concentrations of lactic acid while exercising, hunger rates will decrease dramatically.