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Obesity researchers showcase national exhibition in Inverness


Fat Body SlimA cutting-edge obesity research exhibition, led by a team of academics from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, will be heading to Inverness next week as part of a six-month Scottish tour.

The fun and interactive exhibition, which will be held in the James Cameron Community Centre in Inverness on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November, investigates the science behind obesity, body shape and health.

Entitled ‘Fat Body Slim: Shape Matters!' the exhibit has been designed to showcase the University's obesity research through a series of interactive displays.

The exhibit is being toured until March 2011 following a £25,000 grant from the Scottish Government Science Engagement Fund to deliver a series of workshops to more than 10,000 teenagers in the North and North-east of Scotland.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn how weight distribution impacts on their life, as well as the role individual lifestyles play in maintaining health and fitness. They will also be getting to grips with staining fat cells to see what they look like under a microscope, and finding out whether they can differentiate between the myths and the facts about obesity.

The exhibiting team of academics is led by Dr Giovanna Bermano, leader of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease research theme within the University's Institute for Health and Welfare Research, and Course Leader for the MSc in Obesity Science and Management. The team comprises fellow members of the Institute and the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), Drs Marie Goua and Julie Young.

Earlier this year, ‘Fat Body Slim: Shape Matters!', was one of only 26 exhibitions from across the UK to be selected to appear in the 350th Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London's South Bank Centre.
Dr Bermano said: "This tour is a great opportunity to showcase our research, and to inform the public about the importance of knowing how body composition and fat distribution could affect the development of obesity associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
"As we found in London earlier this year, attendees have been really interested in finding out more about obesity-related issues and have hugely enjoyed the interactive nature of what we do."

‘Fat Body Slim: Shape Matters!' will be open to the public at the James Cameron Community Centre, Limetree Avenue, from 5 - 9pm on Wednesday 10 November, and from 9am - 6pm on Thursday 11 November.

It will move on to Fraserburgh on Saturday 10 and Monday 11 December. Further venues hosting the exhibition through to March 2011 will be announced soon. For further information on the tour and team's research, visit the microsite at: www.rgu.ac.uk/fatbodyslim.
ENDS 4 November 2010

Pauline Smith
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389
Email: p.smith1@rgu.ac.uk