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The lipostatic theory was established by Gordon C Kennedy in 1953 and describes the fat deposition feedback system.{[1] The hypothalamus receives signals from circulating metabolic products or hormones about how much adipose tissue there is in the body as well as its prevailing metabolic status. Using these signals the hypothalamus can adapt the absorption of nutrients so that the body’s fat depots remain constant, i.e. a "lipostasis" is achieved.

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  1. * Kennedy, Gordon C (January 1953). The role of depot fat in the hypothalamic control of food intake in the rat. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 140 (901): 578–596.

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