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The misunderstood science of metabolism

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Herman Pontzer draws on his eye-opening research to show how, contrary to received wisdom, exercise does not increase our metabolism.

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The new Health series from New Scientist events presents three online evening lectures (live and on-demand) in 2021, covering topics including the science of metabolism, a guide to self help and diet and exercise.

Save £10 off the standard ticket price by purchasing a series ticket to three live online Health series lectures or purchase a ticket to one lecture for just £13 (early booking rate | £15 standard rate).

Herman Pontzer, Evolutionary biologist

Why do so many diets lead to more weight gain? Do more active people have faster metabolisms? Is exercise essential for weight loss? Over the past 20 years, evolutionary biologist Herman Pontzer has conducted ground-breaking studies across a range of settings, including pioneering fieldwork with Hadza hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania.

In this talk, Herman draws on his eye-opening research, as presented in his upcoming book Burn, to show how, contrary to received wisdom, exercise does not increase our metabolism. By taking a closer look at what happens to the energy we consume, he explores the ways in which metabolism controls every aspect of our health - from fertility to immune function - and reveals the truth about the dynamic system that sustains us.

What's included in your ticket:

  • Live lecture lasting 60 minutes including Q&A with Herman Pontzer
  • On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speaker:

Herman Pontzer is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and Associate Research Professor of Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute. He is an internationally recognized researcher in human energetics and evolution. Over two decades of research in the field and laboratory, He has conducted pathbreaking studies across a range of settings, including fieldwork with Hadza hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania, fieldwork on chimpanzee ecology in the rainforests of Uganda, and metabolic measurements of great apes in zoos and sanctuaries around the globe. His work has been covered in The New York Times, BBC, PBS, Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, Scientific American, and others.

His latest book, Burn is out on 2nd March.

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This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

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Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event which originally took place on Thursday 25 February and lasts for approximately one hour. Access to the recording of the event will be available until 25 February 2022.
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