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Obesity is More than Just What We Eat

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CDC experts estimate that over 35 percent of adults and 17 percent ofchildren in America are obese, and therefore at risk for the various diseases(heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer) that goalong with obesity.  Though usuallytreated with a combination of diet, nutrition counseling, and exercise,scientists are researching deeper into the human body to understand how obesitydevelops on a cellular level.

Using state-of-the-art technology to analyze fat accumulation withincells, researchers from Tel Aviv University discovered that nutrition is notthe only factor that is driving up obesity rates; “cellular expansion” plays arole in fat production as well.

The researchers conducting the study wanted to find out why a sedentarylifestyle can result in obesity even when coupled with a fairly nutritious diet.  What they found is that fat cells exposed tosustained pressure, such as what happens to the hips and glutes while sittingdown, experienced accelerated growth of lipid droplets, which are moleculesthat carry fats. 

Once the lipid droplets are accumulated, the cellular mechanics change andthey expand in shape and composition. Therefore, the more sedentary a lifestyle is, the more pressure cellsare under and when they receive fatty deposits, this pushes the cells to expandand take up more room.

Knowing and understanding these mechanics highlights the importance ofbeing active and reducing the amount of time spent sitting.  Nutrition and diet are important to reducefat intake, but without movement the cellular structure cannot change or returnto normal shape.  Realizing this can alsooffer practical physical solutions to obesity by understanding how to changethe environment of cells and how to aid them in producing less fat. 

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