Misconceptions About Body Weight And Staying Warm
For a long time there have been overweight people. In fact since we as a human species started processing fake foods and growing crops filled toxins, chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and everything else that could hurt you like it would save the world, people have been getting fatter and fatter. Not to mention that we just eat a lot more in general, especially fatty and sugary filled foods.
As long as there have been fat people around there have been those who joke about themselves being fat and saying that more fat on the body makes them warmer in the winter and helps them keep body heat better. Obviously this is just an excuse and a way to make being overweight seem like a good thing, but the fact is that it is a commonly held misconception.
There have been new studies done very recently which prove that more weight does not actually help with insulation. The study we are talking about is called “No Insulating Effect of Obesity” and can be found published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The exact point of the study was to see if there was any kind of insulating effect on the body’s temperature when there is an increase in body weight. The team of experts and researchers did these tests on a group of mice that were being used for metabolic research. These mice are usually kept in much cooler conditions, about half room temperature, in order to cause their metabolism to work harder, so hard in fact that over half of the calories that the mice consumed were used just to maintain a healthy body heat.
The studies were quite conclusive and they showed that the mice’s metabolisms were not at all affected by the increase in body weight. In other words what these results mean is that an increase in body weight and being overweight did not speed up their metabolism to keep the mice warmer at all. The only thing that did keep them warmer was real insulating material like more fur.
Obesity does in no way or form add to the body’s insulation, at least not in mice. Remember even if you have more fat your body will still be cold on the outside, probably more so if you are overweight than if you are of an average weight because the blood to keep your extremities warm has a further way to travel.
What needs to be said is that this study has not yet been performed on humans, only mice, but the researchers all state that they highly doubt that being overweight or obese would have no real or noticeable effect on the body’s insulation and way of staying warm. People wear clothes to adjust for temperature differences.
If it is cold outside people wear more clothes and if it’s hot people wear less. This means that people live in a temperature neutral environment and never actually expend either more or less calories to stay warm or cool down in a hot environment. This is because the body doesn’t need to use more calories to stay warm in a cold setting so more weight really wouldn’t make the metabolism work any faster at all.
Keep in mind that this is for normal human beings in normal settings, but say if you were to be outside in sub zero temperature with minimal clothes, your body would begin to metabolize weight faster to stay warm, but that still doesn’t mean that overweight people are warmer, they just have more weight to metabolize in those cold times.