Why do people become obese?

That may seem obvious – but from there on it gets complicated!

Anders Sjödin

Inaugural lecture given by Professor with Special Duties Anders Sjödin

The lecture is given by Anders Sjödin to mark his appointment as Professor with Special Duties at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen.


Friday 29 January 2016, 14.00 (BEMÆRK: NY TID)


A2-70.04, Thorvaldsensvej 40, Frederiksberg. 


The lecture will be given in English.


The lecture will be followed by a reception in A001/A009, building 2-85, Rolighedsvej 26, Frederiksberg.


Please register here before 25 January 2016.

About til lecture

It is obvious why people gain weight – it’s all about a positive energy balance. But knowing that doesn’t really help. Anders Sjödin will talk about his experience working with questions related to energy balance. From elite athletes struggling to eat enough in order to perform and stay healthy, to the challenges that most of us experience in today’s obesogenic environments. Why is it so hard to maintain one’s energy balance? We have for decades tried to come up with the perfect diet to fix this, but without success. It’s perhaps time to look elsewhere. Anders Sjödin will also provide a perspective on where he believes we should be looking – now and in the future.


Professor Anders Sjödin is a medical doctor from Uppsala University in Sweden. He developed an interest in sports medicine/nutrition whilst working as an orthopaedic surgeon and attained a Doctorate in Medical Sciences in 1996, based on his thesis “Energy and substrate metabolism in endurance athletes”. The thesis presents results from work based, in part, on studies involving elite athletes from the Swedish national cross-country ski team, where Anders Sjödin worked during his PhD-period. Subsequently he went on to work as research manager and later assistant research director at Orkla Foods AS in Norway, dealing with questions related to nutrition and metabolic health. Here he worked with some of the leading scientists in the area of appetite control, and when given the opportunity to focus on this area arose, he gladly accepted a position at the University of Copenhagen.

Anders Sjödin has been Associate Professor in the section for Obesity Research from 2009 until June 2015, when he was appointed Professor, with special duties to strengthen the research and education related to the influence of non-nutritional factors on energy balance. The area includes aspects such as the effects of life style factors like sleep, mental stress, and physical activity, as well as surgical and pharmaceutical treatments, on control of appetite and eating behaviour, and on the regulation of energy metabolism and body weight. These are important questions aimed to better our understand of why so many people develop obesity with our modern ways of living, and how obesity may be prevented and treated more effectively in the future.

Anders has supervised numerous students, been responsible for courses at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and has lead several large research projects involving children, teenagers, and adults (i.e. within SATIN, UNIK, OPUS, and Governing Obesity). He has co-authored a number of scientific articles published in highly ranked publications such as Obesity, IJO, AJP, Ob Rev, AJCN, and Sleep Med Rev. He has served on several advisory boards, on the editorial board for British Journal of Nutrition, and for the last four years also acted as an external expert on the panel for Nutrition, Dietetics and Allergies (NDA) at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Secretary Geske Rune, glr@nexs.ku.dk