Understanding the metabolism – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. You might think that an elite athlete has a higher metabolism than someone who is very obese. It turns out, says Dr. Kong Chen that the NIH, when you put people on the same chart and compare their resting metabolism – how much energy they burn when they are at rest – they all fall fairly close.
Chen: Meaning that they may be very different in terms of body size, body shape, fitness level, but when you calculate into the fact the body composition difference, their metabolism at rest are quite similar.
Narrator: Researchers are studying the link between obesity and our metabolism. For more information, visit www.niddk.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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