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You May Only Think You Have Too Much Fat

By Tom Herrin

Most of us have some kind of opinion as to what is meant when we say someone is fat.  Every time we look into the mirror, we are reminded of just how fat we are, even if we really don't have any excess fat at all.  It is often a general state of mind.  We likely make some of our determinations about it based on how our clothes fit or how we appear when we stand or sit.  We may have way too much fat, but we may not have nearly as much as we think.  It is better if we look at fat objectively, for what it actually is.

What Is Bad Fat?

Fat comes in lots of colors such as white, brown, and beige.  It seems as if some are especially bad for us.  White fat is one that seems to accumulate around our middle.  This belly fat is now recognized as a sign of a serious health issue for many.  When we have more of it, we have an increased risk of some problems.  It seems to be related to some strokes, heart disease, arterial disease, and some types of organ failure.  Allowing ourselves to have too much of this kind of fat is asking for trouble.  

What Are Some Good Uses of Fat?

We actually need fat in order for some of our body parts to work well.  It is necessary for us to have some fat for our brains to work as they should.  It also can help to regulate our body temperatures and balance some hormones.  It may play a role in managing blood sugar as well.  It can also help to store vitamins.  That is quite a bit of responsibility for something that many of us thought was useless, isn't it?

Measuring Fat Is Now a Thing

At one time, most of us measured fat with our eyes.  We thought we could tell by looking at whether or not they were too fat.  There is a lot more to it than that.  Some scales have been developed by several groups that may be useful in giving us an idea of just how much body fat we have.  These BMI scales, or body mass indicators, are fairly simple.  They are usually developed using age, weight, height, and frame size.  They provide a number readings that can help us assess whether we are just right, overweight, or obese.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Reno, Nev.

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