Europe’s so-called ‘flab lab’ is a technologically advanced, hi-tech unit used to research obesity. It’s official name is a ‘whole body calorimeter’, and scientists at the University of Warwick and University Hospital Coventry hope it will give them an insight into how exercise, medicines, food and sleep affect weight.
One of the group’s first experiments will investigate the speed of eating and how it can change appetite or affect the speed our bodies burn energy.
About a dozen participants will spend 3 days (1 participant per day) in the ‘flab-lab’, and air-locked chamber that records, very precisely, how quickly energy is burned.
On day one, participants will be asked to eat a meal in 10 minutes. On day 2, they will be...