Why We Need Fats by Molly Aloian

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Fat acts like an insulation blanket that prevents your body from losing heat. This visible fat is like a reserve source of energy. You can also thank fat for your healthy skin and shiny hair. 28 Your body starts to use fat as fuel when you exercise. The layer of fat under your skin also keeps your body warm. NO FEAR OF FAT Body Talk People who do not have enough fat in their diets can suffer from dry skin, hair loss, and bruising. They are more likely to become sick, too. Fats work with vitamins Fats are also needed to absorb certain vitamins that are essential for proper growth.

Fats provide your body with the energy it needs for physical activity. Fats have more than twice the energy in the form of calories than both protein and carbohydrates. Y ” I thought I was getting fat, but my mom said all girls get curves when they go through puberty. ” Fat protects you You need fat because it gives your body its shape and protects it. If you look in the mirror, you will be able to see fatty tissues on your hips, thighs, buttocks, and belly. This fat is cushioning your skin and helps to protect your organs and bones if you fall or are injured.

People are obese when they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The BMI is the comparison of a person’s weight to their height. It is a good indication of how overweight a person really is. 36 It is important to remember that everyone needs some body fat. Being overweight is unhealthy, but so is having too little body fat. A weighty problem Being overweight is a health issue. Everyone needs to store a little fat on their bodies. But people who overeat and do not get enough exercise start to store too much fat.

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