Dear Dr. Ronald Kahn of Harvard Medical School: Your new study is amazing. You found that subcutaneous fat (that's fat right under the skin, for those who don't know) which accumulates around the hips and bottom may offer protection against diabetes. Love it! See, researchers have always known that fat in the abdomen — visceral fat — can raise a person's risk of diabetes and heart disease. Duh. But pear-shaped people (cough!) are less prone to these problems. So, Dr. Kahn, it was sheer genius when you decided to conduct experiments on mice. Because you found that subcutaneous fat transplanted into their bellies cause the mice to lose weight and show improved blood sugar and insulin levels. Crazy, right? Even crazier is what you said about fat:
Some reporter interviewed you about the improvement in metabolism in the lab mice. You said,
"I think it's an important result because not only does it say that not all fat is bad, but I think it points to a special aspect of fat where we need to do more research."Not all fat is bad? Seriously, Dr. Kahn. I think I love you. But more research is needed? Sigh. I don't even know what to think anymore. One day thin is in; the next day the French are passing laws against promoting skinny. One day fat is bad; the next day it's good! In any case, I'm totally psyched that I — and many other women — have the "right" kind of fat. For now.