Bodyfat in excess as tissue seems to work against us when in sufficient quantities, according to this article in Wired.
For a long time, doctors thought that fat was just inert “insulation” for lack of a better term.
But recently, they’ve discovered that bodyfat is actually very active,
And it’s actually more like its own giant endocrine-gland that throws off all kinds of hormones.
Many of the problems arise because fat doesn’t really regulate itself that well.
Excess Bodyfat Is Not Inert!
If you get fat, your fat-cells get bigger, and you get more of them.
And then you get a greater quantity of the hormones that a normal person would get.
Those dozens of different messengers in excess amounts wreak havoc.
The only explanation for excess fat not shutting your appetite down until you get lean again is Evolution.
Our bodies are old hardware working in a new world. And they were designed for mainly one thing:
Store fat so you don’t die in a famine.
We Get Excess Bodyfat Because Our Bodies Are Unprepared For Abundance.
And food has never been more abundant, cheap, or conducive to fat-storage than right now (thanks HFCS!).
Check out the Links for the rest of the gory-details including:
3) Fat depositing itself in odd areas
-And the remaining litany of serious risks from excess amounts of bodyfat:
Photo Credits: “danger”, by Emin Ozkan
[Upd: Wired’s new site doesn’t forward older links; argh!]
Wired-How Does Fat Kill Thee? Many Ways