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There are 4 comments on All Fat Is Not Created Equal

  1. Interesting article and study. In the hope that somehow this will make its way to the scientists, I would like to raise a question.

    By all accounts I am a little overweight, however my weight will not change no matter what.
    But the more interesting thing is that I can work very happily in cold temperatures and even as low as -15C out walking in the snow with relatively thin clothes and a single layer at that is sufficient to keep me just warm.

    If I add expertise to my days routine after about 2pm, I cannot sleep as my body retains far too much heat.
    In fact my wife often remarks it is I who keep both of us warm.

    So my question is, could it be that for some reason my body’s fat is not the white fat that I have been trying to get rid of, but brown fat which is more useful.
    As a child I was often nagged for being naked in the snow. You will be relieved to know that I keep my clothes on now !

    There are two points which may be useful to note, one I have as much body hair as a dog, well almost, but equally when I get cold it is often a surface degradation in temperature but not much more than a few millimeters.

    Of course this may not be interesting or useful to you, but if it is, please contact me.
    Kindest regards.

  2. Mark, watch your Thyroid levels as well. I was like that as a child and teen and developed Thyroid cancer. I have been overweight since my early twenties. Will be following the brown fat

  3. Fascinating. I am not a biologist, but may I ask a simple (perhaps stupid) question. The article mentions that one of the groups of mice under experiment was treated with “a drug called CL-316,243 that mimics the body’s response to cold”. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to simply subject these mice to cold instead?

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