• Question: What is the best fact about obesity/fat that you think everyone should be aware of?

    Asked by Katie to Charlotte, Hannah, Majid, Sam on 16 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Sam Smith

      Sam Smith answered on 16 Mar 2016:

      My favourite one relevant to my own research is that women who are overweight when they are younger (premenopausal) are less likely to get breast cancer than those who are underweight. But when they get older, women who are overweight are more likely to get cancer than those who are underweight. The two situations swap over. This is to do with the hormones within the fat, and the type of breast cancers women get. But i think it’s a good fact because it’s the only cancer I know of where it serves to protect people from cancer.

    • Photo: Hannah Moir

      Hannah Moir answered on 16 Mar 2016:

      A typical adult has approximately 50 billion fat cells which means there are more fat cells in one human body than there are people on the earth.

      Also each fat cell can life for 10yrs then the body replaces it with a new fat cell!