Response to 'Fat is not just an energy store'

John R Speakman* (Corresponding Author)

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In a recent paper, I suggested that the supposed ‘predation–starvation’ trade-off model for the regulation of body fat has rather scant evidence to support the ‘starvation’ side of the trade-off. Instead of starvation risk, I suggested that a likely evolutionary factor driving up levels of stored fat is the risk of infectious disease, and the need to survive through periods of pathogen-induced anorexia (Speakman, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjeb184499
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2018


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