Join us for the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP’S) annual Christmas lecture, aimed at young people aged 12–18 years. This year’s speaker is Professor Sadaf Farooqi, senior research fellow at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. The lecture will start promptly at 3pm and will be followed by afternoon tea.
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This one hour lecture will explore the different factors that influence how much we eat, what we eat, and when we eat. Many people struggle with their weight, or have to watch what they eat very closely to keep their weight stable. We live in an environment where we have ready access to cheap, tasty foods that are often high in calories, and where we routinely spend a lot less energy during our working lives and socially. However, it may surprise you to know that our genes can also influence weight. Professor Farooqi and her colleagues in Cambridge have identified several genes that can affect a person’s weight. They have shown that in some people where these genes are faulty, they put on weight very easily or find it very hard to lose weight, even if they follow a strict diet and do a lot of exercise. Professor Farooqi’s team have discovered that many of these genes act by affecting our appetite, influencing behaviours that we previously thought were under voluntary control. Find out how genes can affect our brain to influence our behaviour, and thus our weight.
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