Here's some more points from the meeting. The obesity tax is about junk food tax. Taxes can limit consumption just like cigarettes. Nearly 80% of adults over 25 are obese or overweight. Fast food is now cheaper than healthier options. Obesity is becoming the most significant public health issue in the country. Health costs will be even greater than tobacco costs.
With regards to maybe obese yet healthy, the conference explained that fat may not be all bad. The fat cell has some protective function to the body but it depends on location & size. The subcutaneous(buttocks, arms & legs) fat is the good kind compared to the bad kind which is the visceral(abdomen) or the ectopic kind(intramuscular, around the liver, around the heart, around the pancreas). Bad kind is fat cell gone wild. The subcutaneous kind is protective & has antiinflammatory function, boost immune system.
It is really a very interesting meeting. I learned a lot about fat cell(adipous tissue) being an endocrine cell but if it gets too much it increases your risks 100-200%.
I hope this is simple enough for you.
Last Edited: 5:41pm PDT, April 6th 2009