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12 August 2011

Good fat common in thin children­

Researchers have shown that a type of “good” fat occurs in varying amounts in children and may help combat the ever increasing rate of obesity and diabetes in children.

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center and Children’s Hospital Boston have shown that a type of “good” fat known as brown fat occurs in varying amounts in children – increasing until puberty and then declining – and is most active in leaner children.

In 2009, Cypess’ team demonstrated in The New England Journal of Medicine for the first time that brown fat is metabolically active in adult humans. Previously, it was thought that brown fat was present only in babies and children. Their study showed it was found in between 3 and 7.5% of adults, with higher rates among women.

 
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