How breathing and metabolism are interconnected | Ruben Meerman | TEDxBundaberg

Published 2019-12-04
NOTE FROM TED: This talk only represents a stoichometric approach to understanding metabolism and weight loss. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here:…

Ruben shares his knowledge on how to breathe yourself thin by explaining where fat goes when you lose weight. Ruben is better known to Aussie kids as the Surfing Scientist. He performed experiments on ABC television programs for more than a decade and was the first ever resident scientist on Play School. Ruben's research was published in the British Medical Journal and he is the Author of Big Fat Myths. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

All Comments (21)
  • When someone takes a complex subject and makes it very simple your are listening to a genius.
  • @lindaneese3586
    Bruno Bettelheim was also an educator who said that any concept can be taught to anyone at any age. You just use age appropriate language and the right visuals to get the idea across. So glad that minds are thinking outside the old education box that has limited so many for so long. From a teacher
  • @sanjaynair1152
    India has a yogic breathing technique called Pranayama. You can look at it as an intensive breathing technique. Pranayama fits perfectly with the logic presented here. This man is a genius for being able to explain this concept in such simple terms.
  • @farrierss1724
    Move more, eat less, keep breathing, lose weight. We all knew that. Understanding why is a great way to improve anything. Very well done!
  • @jcgarcia1931
    We learned all this in grade school but never learned to connect the dots... That is the primary failure in education. This was a great talk. Thank you.
    Phenomenal presentation. All high school children should watch it a few times. And then all adults should rewatch it a few times.
  • He did such an amazing job at explaining something that often times can be seen as complex. This was very interesting. The photo of him surfing was really awesome that I didn’t even notice his belly until he said something and that’s what inspired this whole thing! Amazing. Did anyone else breathe deeply throughout this whole Ted talk?
  • @mariespi96
    This video is a Godsend! My husband is laying in a hospital on an ECMO machine that is supposed to help him expel CO2 after having had Covid but not doing such a great job of it. It’s great at oxygenating but not so great at removing CO2. The high CO2 makes him unconscious but I’m going to ask the dr if we can get him to sit and maybe move his legs and get him moving…idk if it will work but I’m going to try it. We got to “MOVE IT MOVE IT” to stay alive! Blessings to all of you out there!
  • @nathanjames3348
    This is incredible research and presentation. Everyone should know this.
  • @RebeccaHagman
    Yoga practice has known this for thousands of years. So good to see scientific community confirming this in modern language
  • @sweetsue4204
    Thank you. This explains the simple fitness rule I recently heard: “Breathe hard for at least 30 minutes a day.”
  • @ianstuart1219
    You nailed the issues in health literacy, Ruben. And in the most interesting way. I especially liked finding how long it takes to "breathe out" various edibles, like a Mars bar, or a burger ... I didn't know that, and it quantifies the food units in a more understandable way than "calories". Atoms in , atoms out.
  • @alchemist6098
    As a chemist I love to see stoichiometry discussed in such an amusing and relevant way. BTW this is covered in the first semester of general chemistry.
  • @SibleySteve
    I've recently lost over 20 pounds and this really helps to explain it. Late at night, instead of snacking, I practice my golf swing, which makes me breathe heavier. Now it makes sense that standing still in my back garden and swinging clubs for a while is so healthy. I always walk a golf course, which yields about 7,000 steps over 9 holes, in addition to swinging clubs. All this breathing adds up.
  • This man is summing off my metabolism term of Med school in 20 minutes
  • @johncarlson6472
    The excellent visuals he utilized for this presentation made the subject matter way more understandable.
  • @JessieCooksFood
    This is brilliant. We often view weight gain and loss as such a complex topic but in reality it's quite simple. Letting us visualise a meal in terms of hours of breathing is such a unique way to help people understand the energy density of the food they are eating. With the examples of the fast food meal being a full 24 hours to expend from the body, we can see why consistent intake of these high energy foods results in weight gain, since there are more atoms entering the body than being exhausted!
    Well done Ruben.
  • I take back my last comment. Took me 24-hours to process the sheer-genius of this man's talk - even woke up last night having dreams of Hydrogen and Carbon bonds. He also reminded me of a major "flaw/paradox" (problem) in our model(s) of how "bonds trap thermal energy" and such. He is much smarter than me in many key ways, very honored/honoured to have watched this video and humbled by what I learned.
  • @d.Cog420
    I knew it! I need to sleep more because I'm breathing when I sleep but not eating. I'm going to sleep all day!
    Great to hear this topic explained scientifically and what a cool guy promoting it and teaching it in schools. I suspect eating less and moving more will also help with stress, depression, and heaps of other modern issues. Just getting out of the house is beneficial.