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Haslam, David; Wittert, Gary
January 2009
Fast Facts: Obesity;2009, p24
Book Chapter
Chapter 3 of the book "Fast Facts: Obesity" is presented. It is explained that the central nervous system (CNS) plays a significant role in the physiological regulation of energy balance and body fat mass. The three components of total energy expenditure (TEE) are explored including basal metabolic rate (BMR), physical activity level (PAL) and the thermic effect of food (TEF). The susceptibility to weight-related complications in various life stages like childhood and midlife is also discussed.


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