What is Hypothalamic Obesity

The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that plays an important part in controlling appetite and metabolism. A number of conditions can damage this area or cause it not to function properly. When this occurs, individuals may overeat, burn less calories, and gain significant weight. The obesity that results from this condition is known as hypothalamic obesity.  
Because hypothalamic obesity is relatively rare, effective research into treatments require locating patients all over the world. By joining this database you allow researchers /medical professionals interested in these rare conditions to find you and possibly participate in future research.