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7/12/2010

Slim Body Not Always Healthy

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Many illnesses come from fat and excess weight. But according to recent research, slim and slender person can even have dangerous levels of fat in their bodies.

Body lean is not always healthy. This is a conclusion which was obtained based on research conducted British Medical Research Council.

In that study, researchers used MRI scans of the body to show that people can have a super slim internal high levels of fat around the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. Such people are called 'skinny-fat', which also have a dangerous health risk.

"The fat appeared in the fat is subcutaneous fat. But the truth is more dangerous is visceral fat or fat that is not visible but it surrounds vital organs," explained Dr. Ron McCoy, a spokeswoman based in Melbourne for the Royal College of Australian doctors, as reported of Indiavision, Tuesday (07/13/2010).

Dr. McCoy revealed that visceral fat is fat that is metabolized by the liver, which is converted to cholesterol. Cholesterol circulates in the blood and can accumulate in the arteries, which eventually lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.

Visceral fat is also believed to produce more hormones and proteins than subcutaneous fat, thus affecting glucose levels, causing the emergence of type-2 diabetes and other health problems like heart disease.

Why slim people can accumulate in body fat?

1. Lack of physical exercise is the biggest reason
"If your body does not move, it can not build fat metabolism, both external (subcutaneous fat) or in the (visceral fat)," Sam said Mower, an exercise physiologist.

2. Poor diet
"If you eat foods high in saturated fats, like butter, cheese, cakes and biscuits, nearly all stored as visceral fat," concluded Mower.

In addition, menopause, excessive sugar intake and alcohol consumption can also cause people to experience 'skinny-fat'.

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