Sunday, May 13, 2007

Good News From the World of Science!
I'm starting a new feature here at Article 19. I could use your help giving it a proper name. The thing is, there's just so much encouraging, good news these days. We're so collectively healthy, taking such good care of the environment (and so flowing with sarcasm), that we deserve some regular inspirational words from the world of science. Today, I'd like to assure you that you're fat. Even if you don't think you are, even if you don't look like you are. Trust me, you are.
Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.
According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.

Without a clear warning signal — like a rounder middle — doctors worry that thin people may be lulled into falsely assuming that because they’re not overweight, they’re healthy.
So what should I call this fluffy good-news feature? I was thinking - "Believe Me, You're Screwed," but I'm open to ideas.

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