The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise. Doctors increasingly understand that only weight loss surgery is likely to help them lose weight and avoid health consequences of obesity. But teens are often held back until they’re so heavy that even bariatric surgery isn’t enough to return them to normal weight.
Synopsis: The body uses extra calories to stay warm in cold conditions, creating heath through thermogenesis. However, it’s only recently that scientists have discovered one of the mechanisms the body uses for this–brown fat. Now they’re learning how to harness brown fat for weight loss. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Aaron Cypess, Acting Chief, Translational Physiology Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Dr. Francesco Celi, Professor of Medicine and Chair, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Virginia Commonwealth University; Dr. Wayne Hayes, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, visiting scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and CEO, The Cold Shoulder; Adam Paulin, founder & Managing Director, Thin Ice.