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Article: thin people may be fat internally

Interesting article about internal fat:

"Being Thin Doesn't Mean You're Not Fat"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003701843_webthin10.html

Some excerpts:

"Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin."

"Just because someone is lean doesn't make them immune to diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease," said Dr. Louis Teichholz, chief of cardiology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, who was not involved in Bell's research.

Even people with normal Body Mass Index scores — a standard obesity measure that divides your weight by the square of your height — can have surprising levels of fat deposits inside."

"Experts have long known that fat, active people can be healthier than their skinny, inactive counterparts. "Normal-weight persons who are sedentary and unfit are at much higher risk for mortality than obese persons who are active and fit," said Dr. Steven Blair, an obesity expert at the University of South Carolina.

For example, despite their ripples of fat, super-sized Sumo wrestlers probably have a better metabolic profile than some of their slim, sedentary spectators, Bell said. That's because the wrestlers' fat is primarily stored under the skin, not streaking throughout their vital organs and muscles."


Thu. May 10, 10:40pm

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Yeah, comcast had this same article. I like knowing even though I'm overweight and I'm still striving to reach my goal that the slim chick next to me at the gym just sort of going through the motions without even breaking a sweat just might be less healthy then me. Not that I like thinking that but that my hard work is doing something better for my body.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 2:18 AM

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Sorry the skinny girl next to you going through the motions is not inactive, she may not be pushing herself as hard as you like but she's not inactive.

Now those who are so skinny they never exercise they eat whatever junk they want a frequently... those are the ones that may still look fine but are actually not.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 8:47 AM

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Sorry but I know what skinny girls the other poster is talking about. The kind that plop down on a machine and do 1 or 2 reps and then leaves the one who rides the bike while reading a mag or talking on the phone while pedaling slower then a 90 year old, the girls who come to the gym to meet guys instead of really working out. I know women like this and I can tell you the ones I know of do eat really crappy and they are the types of women this poster was talking about.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 7:35 PM

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i agree with 2:18 and 7:35 completely. i see her all the time, there's this girl who is on the treadmill walking as slow as she possibly can to not break a sweat while swishing her hips and her head to her music, then flipping her ponytail to see if anyone is looking at her. i was behind her for 40 minutes today killing myself on several cardio machines and she didn't break a drop of sweat. if i were a dude, i'd be more impressed by the girls who aren't afraid to workout and get sweaty.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 7:58 PM

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You guys are so full of venom and hate. The difference between you and that "skinny girl" is she probably does it every day. Long term, that's better than you going gangbusters for 2 weeks and sweating all over the machines, and then giving up for 4 weeks and eating chips on your couch.
Meanwhile, the skinny girl is still active, swishing her hips or not.

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 3:45 PM

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i agree!

Monday, May 14, 2007, 1:41 AM

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Okay sorry to burst anyones bubble, but I am HWP and go to the gym 5x a week and even I see the girls the other posters are talking about. They are the girls who go to the gym to meet guys and get attention. Come, if anyones ever been to a gym we've all seen them and probably have commented on them. There is nothing venomous or hateful or even envy or jealously in the above comments. Maybe you other posters just know what they are talking about and you are some of those women or girls.

Monday, May 14, 2007, 2:06 AM

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