The Functional Significance of Individual Variation in Basal Metabolic Rate

@article{Speakman2004TheFS,
  title={The Functional Significance of Individual Variation in Basal Metabolic Rate},
  author={John R. Speakman and Elżbieta Kr{\'o}l and Maria S. Johnson},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  year={2004},
  volume={77},
  pages={900 - 915}
}
Basal metabolic rate (BMR) was established as a common reference point allowing comparable measures across different individuals and species. BMR is often regarded as a minimal rate of metabolism compatible with basic processes necessary to sustain life. One confusing aspect, however, is that BMR is highly variable, both within and between species. A potential explanation for this variability is that while individuals with high BMRs may suffer the disadvantage of having to feed for longer to… Expand
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