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This model is according to the paper of A model for the dynamics of human weight cycling by A. Goldbeter 2006.The figure3 (A) and (B) have been reproduced by Copasi 4.0.19(development) and SBMLodeSolver.The writer of the paper did not specify any units for the metabolites, so the creator of the model did not define the units as well.Both Q and R are normalized to vary between 0 and 1.

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  • A model for the dynamics of human weight cycling. Click here to expand
  • Albert Goldbeter
  • Journal of biosciences , 3/ 2006 , Volume 31 , Issue 1 , pages: 129-136 , PubMed ID: 16595882
  • Unite de Chronobiologie theorique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine, Brussels, Belgium.
  • The resolution to lose weight by cognitive restraint of nutritional intake often leads to repeated bouts of weight loss and regain, a phenomenon known as weight cycling or "yo-yo dieting". A simple mathematical model for weight cycling is presented. The model is based on a feedback of psychological nature by which a subject decides to reduce dietary intake once a threshold weight is exceeded. The analysis of the model indicates that sustained oscillations in body weight occur in a parameter range bounded by critical values. Only outside this range can body weight reach a stable steady state. The model provides a theoretical framework that captures key facets of weight cycling and suggests ways to control the phenomenon. The view that weight cycling represents self-sustained oscillations has indeed specific implications. In dynamical terms, to bring weight cycling to an end, parameter values should change in such a way as to induce the transition of body weight from sustained oscillations around an unstable steady state to a stable steady state. Maintaining weight under a critical value should prevent weight cycling and allow body weight to stabilize below the oscillatory range.
Submitter of the first revision: Enuo He
Submitter of this revision: Enuo He
Modeller: Enuo He

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BioModels Database BIOMD0000000079
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PubMed 16595882

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Taxonomy Homo sapiens

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  • Model originally submitted by : Enuo He
  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2006 5:01:16 PM
  • Last Modified: Feb 25, 2015 11:30:27 AM
  • Version: 2 public model Download this version
    • Submitted on: Feb 25, 2015 11:30:27 AM
    • Submitted by: Enuo He
    • With comment: Current version of Goldbeter2006_weightCycling
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    • Submitted on: Nov 27, 2006 5:01:16 PM
    • Submitted by: Enuo He
    • With comment: Original import of Goldbeter2006_weightCycling

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: Variable used inside SBML models

Species Initial Concentration/Amount
R 0.55 dimensionless
P 0.43 dimensionless
Q 0.8 dimensionless
Reactions Rate Parameters
=> R; P P*V3*(1-R)/(k3+(1-R)) k3=0.01; V3=6.0
=> P; Q body*a*Q a=0.1
Q => ; R V2*R*Q/(K2+Q) K2=0.01; V2=1.5
=> Q V1*(1-Q)/(K1+(1-Q)) K1=0.01; V1=1.0
P => V*P/(Km+P) V=0.1; Km=0.2
R => V*R/(Km+R) V=2.5; Km=0.01
Curator's comment:
(added: 18 Jan 2010, 11:37:07, updated: 18 Jan 2010, 11:37:07)
Reproduction of figures 3 A and B from the original publication using Copasi 4.5. The units in fig 3 are not correct.