Obesity as an adaptation to a high-fat diet: Evidence from a cross-sectional study

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Expansion of the fat stores has been proposed as a prerequisite for increasing fat oxidation in response to a high-fat diet in individuals with a predisposition to obesity. In a cross-sectional design we measured 24-h substrate oxidations on a standardized diet in 38 overweight or obese and 35 nonobese women. Fat oxidation (g/d) was mainly a function of total energy requirements (r = 0.71, P < 0.0001). To account for this we used for further analysis oxidative fat energy (%), a counterpart to dietary fat energy (%). After differences in fat energy of consumed food (%), age, and 24-h energy balance were adjusted for, obese women had higher oxidative fat energy than did nonobese women [40.2% (37.8-42.6) vs 36.0% (33.6-38.5), P < 0.02]. Adjusted oxidative fat energy (%) increased with increasing size of fat mass (r = 0.31, P < 0.01). This relation suggests that a 10-kg change in fat mass may be caused by a change in dietary fat energy of > 1.6% (0.4-2.7%). The study supports the concept that in susceptible individuals the expansion of fat stores is a prerequisite to increase the oxidative fat energy to an amount commensurate with a high percentage of dietary fat energy.

Original languageEnglish
Book seriesAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1994

    Research areas

  • Adaptation to a high-fat diet, Body composition, Dietary composition, Fat oxidation, Fatness, Indirect calorimetry, Obesity, Substrate utilization, Weight gain

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