Please Explain: Fat

Friday, May 07, 2010

We’ll find out the difference between brown body fat and white, how fat forms and functions, where its stored, how its burned, and how much is too much. Maudene Nelson, registered dietitian, New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Institute of Human Nutrition, joins us.


Maudene Nelson,

Comments [22]

Roy Zornow from East Village

Mice shiver.

Nov. 05 2010 01:59 PM
Caroline Schmmel from Greenwich

Is there any relationship between brown fat and hot flashes?

May. 07 2010 02:18 PM
N/A from Brooklyn, NY

I don't have the numbers Suki but meat these days is highly processed and stuffed with unhealthy omega 6 type fat because livestock are fed grain and pumped up with antibiotics and other chemicals. In the past animals roamed freely and fed on grass as they would in the wild. Grass fed animals are rich in omega 3's which are much healthier for you. This is why most meat you'll find in the supermarket today is less healthy than meat in the past.

May. 07 2010 02:06 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

Also - by your plant-based diet logic, it makes no sense that we are fatter as a country while eating LESS meat.

Please get a real scientist on to follow up this USDA shill.

May. 07 2010 02:00 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

Sorry but you are both wrong: Americans eat less meat now than we ever have before (thanks to "The Jungle" which caused meat consumption to drop and it's never regained those numbers).

Humans are OMNIVORES. NOT herbivores.

And what about EPAs and DHAs in vegetarians? Where do you expect them to get those? Flax only provides ALA and most of that is not converted to EPA or DHA.

May. 07 2010 01:58 PM
Alan from New York

This is a bit off-topic, but natto (Japanese fermented soy beans) is very high in vitamin K2.

May. 07 2010 01:57 PM
Fat baby

Some people are heavy as kids and struggle with their weight through life. What's the cause of that? Is it physical, psychological or emotional or a combination of factors?

May. 07 2010 01:54 PM
Big belly

Where does excess belly fat do the most damage? Is it on the back and spine, the knees and hips or is the damage spread across the body?

May. 07 2010 01:49 PM
Sarah from Weston CT

Your guest is differentiating between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, why is it so difficult for you, Leonard, to do the same?

May. 07 2010 01:49 PM
Acorn fed hogs

Now I'm hungry for Jamón Ibérico.

May. 07 2010 01:45 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

Amen Peg!

And A.G. from Hudson - cod liver oil is superior as it is made up of mostly Omega 3s whereas Olive Oil is comprised mainly of Omega 6s. The others are just garbage.

May. 07 2010 01:44 PM
bruce ritz

Do fat people starve to death more slowly than thin people?

May. 07 2010 01:43 PM
Mega fat

I see tons of young people (no pun intended) who are enormously obese. Does fat accumulate in a straight line or is there a tipping point after which it piles on at an accelerated rate?

May. 07 2010 01:43 PM
Melody from nyc

Can you guest explain why generally, men seem to be able to loose weight so much quicker than women. I assume this is related to women biologically being able to have children?

May. 07 2010 01:41 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

The Thrifty Gene Hypothesis was debunked by the man (Neel) who suggested the hypothesis. Just FYI.

May. 07 2010 01:38 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Why doesn't BMI take sex and frame size into account as did older recommended weight tables years ago?

May. 07 2010 01:35 PM
capper from nyc

she was just saying something about insulin resistence but she was interrupted....can you go back to that thought?

May. 07 2010 01:33 PM
Alan from New York

Your guest mentioned our not getting enough sleep as one cause of obesity. My cardiologist recently told me that a recent study showed that people who sleep between 6 and 7 hours a night live longer than those who sleep 8 hours and longer. She encouraged me to get up 20 minutes earlier so I can fit in 20 minutes of brisk walking.

Several variables are at work here; there's not enough time to deal with them properly. Yet I'd be interested in hearing your guest's general thoughts about what constitutes enough sleep.

May. 07 2010 01:31 PM
tom from Frenchtown, NJ

Your guest mentioned the use of BMI for determining whether or not one is considered obese, overweight, etc. BMI is, in my opinion, misleading. I am 5'8" 167 pounds which places my BMI over 25. I work out regularly, my waist is 31" and my body fat is below 10%; hardly overweight.

May. 07 2010 01:30 PM
N/A from Brooklyn, NY

BMI is not an accurate measurement of how overweight someone is or is not. The formula used is generic and doesn't take into consideration how much muscle (which weighs more than fat) someone has. It's just a measurement of height and weight.

May. 07 2010 01:27 PM
a. g. from hudson county nj

just a note- i try to not listen to your "health" segments. you [wnyc] seem to go out of your way to have the most boring non-cutting edge institutional mainstream big-pharma paradighm people you can get. ex. ask this person if there is difference between a teaspoon of cod-liver oil or olive oil vs the same ammount of butter or hydrogenated cotton seed oil. all calories are not created equal.
the former is utilized by the body[not fat producing] the latter is toxic and deleterious to the body,in addition to being fat producing.

May. 07 2010 01:23 PM

Hope you'll be mentioning the connection between refined carbs (sugar, white flour, cornstarch...) and obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease, cancer and other health problems associated with modern diets. (See past interviews with Gary Taubes author of "Good Calories Bad Calories).

May. 07 2010 08:56 AM

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