Why the obese may struggle to lose weight if they diet: Fat cells can become scarred or inflamed making them harder to shed

Mail Online | 1/12/2018 | Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Scientists have discovered why people who are obese may struggle to lose weight no matter how hard they diet.

Becoming obese may start a vicious cycle, which makes people into an ‘apple shape’ with fat around their middle and raises their risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Problem - Becomes - Calories - Experts

The problem is thought to be when the fat becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, it is unable to soak up calories as it should, which experts think makes it harder to slim down.

Now researchers at Exeter University have made a breakthrough which could in future help to stop the process. They hope this could help obese people, who already face an uphill battle to lose weight without their bodies fighting back against them.

Academics - Molecule - Scarring - Effect - People

The academics have discovered a molecule which causes the scarring, and the knock-on effect thought to drive fat into people’s organs and arteries, putting them at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Dr Katarina Kos, from the University of Exeter’s medical school, said: ‘We know that obese people can suffer scarring of their fat tissue which may make it harder to lose weight. These fat cells are less able to store excess calories, and so may cause fat to move into and wrap around organs such as the liver.

People - Point - Body - Mass - Index

People become obese, rather than overweight, at the point their body mass index (BMI) is higher than 30. Analysis of the fat cells in their bodies found they are starved of oxygen, which triggers inflammation in...
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