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    Default When Fat’s Not Just Fat: The Belly Fat Puzzle

    By Dr. Keith Scott Mumby
    05/29/2011

    According to a study published in the journal Obesity (Aug 2009), monkeys fed an American diet get fat — but those under chronic stress put on much more belly fat.
    I did a double take on that. It seems counter-intuitive. Fat is just fat—calories—right? What has stress got to do with it?

    Well, apparently the stressed monkeys (lower on the social pecking order) not only put on more fat but it was the deadly belly fat. That’s far more serious from the point of view of blocked arteries, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.

    In previous studies, socially stressed monkeys—those at the bottom of the pecking order in a monkey colony—get blocked arteries far faster than other monkeys fed the same high-fat diet. That’s reasonable. In human terms, this is reflected by the famous “Whitehall Study”, where workers lower in the civil service hierarchy die sooner.
    But why do stressed monkeys get more belly fat?

    Read more: http://www.healthiertalk.com/when-fa...at-puzzle-4023

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    Default Re: When Fat’s Not Just Fat: The Belly Fat Puzzle

    Belly fat is specifically related to one's levels and fluctuations of cortisol. The skinfold thickness of belly fat reflects the long term accumulation of cortisol, which is directly correlated with stress and distress.

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    Default Re: When Fat’s Not Just Fat: The Belly Fat Puzzle

    Stress and distress, you say? Well, THAT explains everything!

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