Support Provided ByLearn More

The Truth About Fat

Could it be that body fat has more to do with biological processes than personal choices?

Premiered: Runtime: 53:38Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova
Share

Do we control our fat, or does it control us? For generations, overweight individuals have been stigmatized and cast as lazy. But scientists are coming to understand fat as a fascinating and dynamic organ—one whose size has more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Through real-life stories of hunter-gatherers, sumo wrestlers, and supermodels, NOVA explores the complex functions of fat and the role it plays in controlling hunger, hormones, and even reproduction. (Premiered April 8, 2020)

More Ways to Watch

Support Provided ByLearn More

Explore More

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.