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BODY FAT the inside story

The fat we can pinch isn’t the only indicator that we need to lose inches for the sake of our health. There’s another, more sinister, kind lurking beneath it – and you may not even know it’s there

The fat we can pinch isn’t the only indicator that we need to lose inches for the sake of our health. There’s another, more sinister, kind lurking beneath it – and you may not even know it’s there

THESE DAYS, the health-conscious among us know that, when it comes to the fat we eat, it’s not all the same. There are those ‘good’ fats we’re told we should be including and the saturated fats we need to limit.

What is less well known is that our bodies store different types of fat, too. There’s the fat we can pinch, that sits beneath our skin. But there’s also the hidden fat that sits deep inside our bodies.

We need body fat – but not too much

‘WE ALL NEED a certain amount of body fat to be healthy,’ explains HFG expert Helen Bond, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. ‘It’s vital for basic body functions, such as regulating body temperature, storing vitamins and helping to cushion joints and organs. It also produces hormones and other chemical messengers important for fertility, bone strength, immunity, regulation of sugar and fats in the blood, and appetite control.

‘Having too little body fat can cause all sorts of health problems,’ she adds. ‘These include increasing the risk of brittle bones, loss of periods, infertility, dry skin, low mood, feeling cold, poor concentration, constant thoughts about food and a low sex drive.’

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