‘Fat Body Slim’ meets the ‘Big Bang’

Fat Body SlimA cutting-edge obesity research exhibition, led by a team of academics from Robert Gordon University, will be heading south next week to continue their UK tour.

The fun and interactive exhibition, which investigates the science behind obesity, body shape and health will feature in The Big Bang 2011 - the UK's biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people.

The Big Bang 2011 will take place at ICC London ExCeL from 10 - 12 March, with 25,000 people expected to attend. Involving over 110 organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, and reaching out to schools and students across the country, The Big Bang represents a true partnership of the UK's science and engineering communities. The event is led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Institute of Physics, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education both provide significant support along with a large number of sponsors from industry.

‘Fat Body Slim: Shape Matters!' has been selected to feature in the high-profile national event. The exhibit has been designed to showcase the University's obesity research through a series of interactive displays. Quizzes, videos and hands-on activities help explore the link between obesity and chronic health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The exhibit is also being toured around Scotland until May following a £25,000 grant from the Scottish Government Science Engagement Fund to deliver a series of workshops.

Visitors to The Big Bang 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.

Last 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: "Taking our exhibition to The Big Bang 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 have found at every stop of our tour so far, attendees have been really interested in finding out more about obesity-related issues and have hugely enjoyed the interactive nature of what we do."

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ENDS 3 March 2011

Pauline Smith
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389