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‘Skinny fat’: Why it’s more dangerous than you think
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27.05.2018

‘Skinny fat’: Why it’s more dangerous than you think

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On the outside they appear to look healthy, but on the inside their bodies tell a totally different story.
And just because they’re not overweight doesn’t mean skinny people aren’t without their own health issues.
If fact if a recently released study is anything to go by these people could be an even bigger health risk than previously thought.
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A recently released study has revealed the hidden dangers of how people can still carry fat around their vital organs despite not appearing to be overweight at all.
Researchers in the UK have discovered the fat that builds up around abdominal organs including the heart and kidneys. Called visceral fat this can act a silent killer because people can have a lot of it despite being thin.
Alarmingly this type of fat is considered more dangerous than subcutaneous fat stored beneath the skin and stems from a different source altogether — a type of cell found in developing embryos.
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Dr Chau, from the University of Edinburgh and the lead author of the study in published in Nature Cell Biology told The independentmost bad fat comes from cells expressing the Wt1 gene in the later stages of pregnancy.
Subcutaneous fat has a different origin and doesn’t express the Wt1 gene.
“We also found that cells expressing Wt1 continue to act as a source of visceral fat into adulthood where they may be influenced by external factors such as diet,” Dr Chau said.
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Speaking toTime Magazine, Dr Daniel Neides, medical director at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, said the dangers of being skinny fat were real and of huge concern.
“I see these people all the time,” he said.
“On the outside they look incredibly healthy, but on the inside they’re a wreck.”
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If people never eat vegetables, love meat, and haven’t exercised in years yet remain thin then they are probably what Dr Neides calls “skinny fat.”
Diets high in processed foods and sugar can cause visceral fat storage, so while people may not appear to have much fat on their bodies, the type they do have is of the most dangerous kind.
High levels of visceral fat can lead to high blood pressure and high blood sugar, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
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However obesity still remains a major concern for health professionals in Australia with two out of three people considered to be overweight, leading to health issues including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the rates of overweight and obesity levels are also continuing to rise.
One in four children are considered to be overweight.
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Obesity and overweight remain the second highest contributor to disease in the country, followed by smoking.
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