Not enough, rather than too much fat, causes metabolic problems of obesity

  • metta

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    Sep 24, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    Not enough, rather than too much fat, causes metabolic problems of obesity

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    http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2012/09/24/not-enough-rather-than-too-much-fat-causes-metabolic-problems-of-obesity-2/


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    Sep 24, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    http://scienceblogs.com/obesitypanacea/2010/03/19/not-enough-rather-than-too-muc/
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 25, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Interesting, particularly the point where they pointed out that some people's metabolisms are actually healthier when they have more fat present.

    I'm beginning to think more and more that we should judge people's health based on their physical ability and metabolic profile more than appearance. Obviously if one is obese and huffing and puffing and type II diabetic, you're unhealthy. What if you have plenty of visible abdominal fat, but you can run or lift just as well as any muscle bunny, and your insulin sensitivity, lipid profile, and systemic inflammation is great?

    I feel like we don't fully understand the connection between obesity and health as of yet, and we still have yet to get a full grasp on metabolism, diet, and exercise despite years of research...
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    Sep 25, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    Not my problem, mon ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    metta8 saidNot enough, rather than too much fat, causes metabolic problems of obesity
    One of the most intolerable problems of obesity is lack of sexual encounters. Lack of fat does not cause that.
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    Sep 25, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    metta8 saidNot enough, rather than too much fat, causes metabolic problems of obesity
    One of the most intolerable problems of obesity is lack of sexual encounters. Lack of fat does not cause that.

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    Sep 25, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    Biologists have known for years that it was excessive simple carbs, rather than fat, that make humans obese. Yes, to a degree calories in vs. calories out play into effect, but it's more complicated than that. I suppose that's why I know so many teenage boys that can eat a double quarter pounder with cheese and they're still 40 lbs underweight. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    These sorts of statements are always over simplified. It is, as Bullwinklemoose stated, more complicated.

    Increased fat intake when combined with increased simple carbohydrates can add significantly to obesity. In this case, the carbohydrate becomes both a cause of obesity and a catalyst for the additional fat to be stored in the body.

    So a more accurate (though still simplified) statement would be that fat without simple starches and sugars doesn't tend to cause obesity with the same effectiveness as the intake of simple starches and sugars, particularly when combined with fat.
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 26, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Ohhh, don't get me wrong. I'm a firm believer in low carb, high fat, and high protein dieting to be the healthiest and simultaneously the easiest way of eating I've ever done, and believe that it's the only way I will eat from now on. I get approximately 60-70% of my daily calories from fat, and I think that the whole ordeal with school lunches would be solved with higher protein and fat content of meals personally...