• Question: Define- fat

    Asked by epicdorrissixtynine to Amylou, Maria, Mark L, Mark U on 21 Jun 2012.
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      Mark Uphill answered on 21 Jun 2012:

      Nice ‘question’ epicdorrissixtynine. If I recall my sport science days, and this is going back almost two decades…chemically fats are are subgroup of lipids known as triglycerides (comprising glycerol and fatty acids). Like much of the english language “fat” is a term that can be used loosely, and scientists endeavour to define their terms very precisely, and is influenced by the context is which the term is used (for example, for a general practitioner, the term “fat” may relate to one of several symptoms that may predispose a patient to type 2 diabetes. In sum, it’s important to be precise, and also understand the context in which the term is being used.