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Scientists Explain Age-Related Obesity: Brown Fat Fails

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  • As you get older, the activity of heat-generating, calorie-burning brown fat is reduced
  • This “failing” of brown fat is likely a key reason why there’s a tendency to gain weight with age
  • Slender people tend to have more brown fat than obese people, and young people have more than the elderly
  • Exposure to cold temperatures and exercise can help you to increase your body’s activation of brown fat and may even turn “bad” white fat into beneficial brown fat

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to body fat, most Americans are concerned with losing as much of it as possible. But this is referring to white fat, which is the type that typically accumulates on your belly and thighs.

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