Can You Die Of Starvation With Large Amounts Of Adipose Tissue?
This paper gives an numbers based answer, and by extrapolation, it would seem the more adipose tissue you have, the longer you can without food: “Anaverage human of 165 pounds has roughly 33 pounds of fat…and 26 pounds of protein suspended in 132 pounds of lean body mass, mostly muscle. Practicallyall of the body fat is expendable without serious adverse effects. In contrast, only one-half of the body’s protein can be mobilized and used as fuel before death occurs. Theconversion of 6 kg of protein to glucose results in the formation of only 3.4 kg of glucose. If the brain oxidizes 100–145 g of glucose daily, the average human could starve for only 23–34 days. The fact that the brain can derive two-thirds of its energy from ketone bodies, synthesized mostly from fat, allows humans to survive total starvation for 60–90 days.”1 1. Owen OE. Ketone Bodies as a Fuel for the Brain during Starvation. Biochemistry And Molecular Biology Education. 2005. Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 246–251, 2005. Continue reading >>