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Endocrine Abstracts (2019) 61 OU4 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.61.OU4

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

Being overweight or obese is by many people considered a lifestyle choice. It is primarily us healthcare professionals who worry about the health impact of obesity, however are we always right? Whom should we consider at risk and when should we (try) to intervene? Is there something like healthy obesity? This talk is aimed to reflect and understand what happens with adipose tissue when we gain weight, how it copes with surplus energy and how it links with obesity and its complications. We will discuss if there are any genes we need to consider when assessing obesity risk and whether being overweight is as we get older? How can one be obese and metabolically healthy? Eventually, you might be surprised, I will tell you that fat tissue is one’s friend if it is well looked after.

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