Thin people are often fat inside

5th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

At the University of Wageningen, it was revealed that nearly 50 percent of all thin people are dangerously fat from within.

ARHNEM—And now for some bad news for those who pride themselves on being merely thin, or extremely thin: 40 to 50 percent of trim people are actually ‘fat’ on the inside.

What’s even worse, their internal fat mass is life threatening, while the more rotund people with volumptous fat rolls can actually be quite healthy from within.

British professor Jimmy Bell delivered the shocking news Wednesday to an audience in Arhnem.

Bell spoke on the first day of a symposium of the 40-year-old group Humane Dieting of the University of Wageningen. He’s done research on obesity for the Imperial College in London for many years.

He was surprised to find that people with a healthy body weight often had complaints that are typically associated with overweight such as coronary disease, type-2 diabetes, or high blood pressure.

After making scans of hundreds of thin people he discovered what the problem was: Nearly half of all thin people “are filled with fat from within, mainly around the liver,” Bell explained.

From the outside there’s nothing visible on 'tofis' (thin on the outside, fat on the inside), as Bell calls them. Only an MRI scan or an autopsy can reveal fat stored on organs.

Rail-thin people can no longer claim that they’re healthier than ‘lothis’ (large outside, thin inside), as Bell calls them.

There’s only one thing thin people can do to one-up larger people, and that is, keep moving! Exercise not only keeps the outside thin, but it can also keep internal organs in condition, and can even get rid of internally stored fat.

Three weekly hour-long intensive sport training sessions is necessary for good health, according to the British professor.

Bell did offer some consolation for the most disappointed thin audience members; He’s now doing research on the minimum exertion needed to stay in optimal health.

Toward the end of the year, Bell expects to reveal more precisely the minimum amount of exercise necessary in order to stay in optimum health.

“I’m hoping it isn’t too much of a blow, because most people simply have an extreme aversion to long, regular, and intensive exercise.”

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