Why do we get fat?

Why do we get fat? a research seminar presented by Professor John Speakman

Prof. John Speakman University of Aberdeen                             

Host: J. Stubbs

Location: room 1.33-1.34, Psychology

Abstract: We are in the middle of an obesity pandemic. This is a serious problem because, apart from being an important disease in its own right, obesity is a serious risk factor for a number of other costly non-communicable diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. It is widely agreed that obesity stems from prolonged energy imbalance. We eat too much or we exercise too little (or both). It is widely disagreed which of these is most important, and what the details are of its aetiology. In this talk John Speakman will explore which of these alternatives is the more important driver using a combination of animal and human studies conducted in his laboratories in the UK and China.