15th to 17th August, 2013 07:00 am - 07:00 pm

Website: Ancestral Health Symposium


Sheraton Atlanta
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta,Georgia 30303
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August 15, 2013, 2:05 pm

Why Women Need Fat: Three Evolutionary Puzzles


One puzzle is why human males have such a strong preference for women with hourglass figures and low weights that can compromise fertility. The second is why slender young women typically have about one third of their weight in body fat, more than bears starting to hibernate, and why human infants are also very fat. Finally, why do women typically gain another twenty pounds or more during their reproductive years? The answer may lie in the roles that fat plays in providing essential fatty acids needed for the growth of a very large brain and in regulating overall fetal growth.

Hall: Capitol Ballroom North Track: General Type: