Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Associate Member Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Health Sciences Centre McMaster University
Obesity is one of the most significant health care issues of the 21st century because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Obesity related dysfunction can potentially be initiated in utero. Children of obese mothers are at a higher risk of becoming obese and developing these risk factors later in life and this serves to further fuel the obesity epidemic. The environment of the fetus, in the womb, may contribute to the child being predisposed towards developing obesity related disorders as a result of metabolic reprogramming. Mitochondria are one of the central players in cellular metabolisms. They have been classically thought of as oval-shaped organelles responsible for generating ATP and supplying the cells energy demands. They are so much more!