Obesity Panacea blogcast: The health effect of losing butt fat during weight loss

While I have covered the literature on the "health protective" effect of lower body adiposity and have previously discussed my original paper investigating the effect of losing lower body fat on metabolic health, along with Dr. Jennifer Kuk, I just published a letter to the editor at the International Journal of Obesity discussing some of the limitations of a recent review in the area. Rather than yet again writing about lower body fat and why losing it during weight loss may or may not be bad for your health, Travis and I decided to try our hand at the first of what we hope to be many Obesity Panacea Blogcasts. In essense, this blogcast is simply Travis and I talking over Skype about this area of research and specifically about my recently published paper.

We hope you enjoy our humble first attempt by using the audio player below!  Or to subscribe to our podcast via itunes, click here.

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Janiszewski, P., & Kuk, J. (2010). Does loss of gluteofemoral fat through diet and exercise deteriorate metabolic health? International Journal of Obesity DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2010.75

Have a great Monday!

Peter

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Of topic, but since I nearly sprayed my keyboard with what I was drinking when reading. You should probably warn Dr. Kuk that if she ever visits Sweden (and possibly other parts of Scandinavia) or talk to a Swede, she should be a bit careful introducing herself, since her surname spells exactly like a rude form of the male genitalia in swedish.

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b.r.

I just listened to the podcast, and thought of a question - if diseases that destroy fat cells cause health problems because it shifts the body from storing subcutaneous fat to visceral fat, does the same thing happen to people who have had liposuction? It seems like it's a similar thing to happen to the body - subcutaneous fat cells are being removed rather than shrunken (as in normal weight loss), so do those people who have had it experience shifts to more visceral fat storage?

Great question Carlie. Peter knows more about this than I do, but from what I understand there have been anecdotal reports that liposuction may result in a redistribution of body fat exactly as you have described. I don't think there has been much research on the topic, but it is certainly plausible.

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