Can Fat Cells Be Healthy (or Unhealthy)?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
The 'Healthy Obese' and Their Healthy Fat Cells NYT
Thin isn't a synonym for healthy, and now researchers are looking into people they call "metabolically healthy obese," meaning they are overweight but have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. What sets these people apart is their fat tissue, which reacts differently.

How Sitting Too Long Affects Your Body Mind Body Green
Get up on your feet! You'll think twice about sitting down after seeing what happens to your body when you take a seat.

School Pulls All-Beef Burgers From Menu, Citing Complaints NPR
After last year's outrage over burgers containing 26 ingredients, a school stopped serving them. But when served all-beef burgers, students complained about the look and taste. The original burgers are back on the menu. Do you think the school gave them a fair shot?

Just what is in that chicken nugget? Reuters
Wondering what's in your chicken nuggets? According to researchers, they might contain less than 50% muscle (meat). Do you eat chicken nuggets?

Pro athletes' ads favor less healthful food, drinks USA Today
While pro athletes are paid to keep their bodies in shape, and many commit to a healthy lifestyle as a result, their endorsement deals don't reflect that. Celebs commonly endorse unhealthy foods and beverages. Do celebrity endorsements make a product more appealing to you?

Fat and Thin Find Common Ground NYT
While this headline gave us pause, the story is interesting: Mental health professionals are attempting to find common ground in treating underweight and overweight patients dealing with eating disorders.

Kid Fun Dinner: Porcupine Taco Little Nummies
This dinner is easy and almost too cute to eat! This blog is full of fun kid-friendly treats and meals that require no special equipment.

My 17-Year-Old Daughter Had a Dream to Become a Model. She Also Has Down Syndrome. Wet Seal Made Her Dream Come True XO Jane
This story is awesome. Read it!

Biggest Loser Champ Danni Allen Won More Than Weight Loss Fitness magazine
The latest Biggest Loser winner shares her story. She's running a marathon tomorrow!

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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Definitely Karrie, such an awesome message! Report
You go Karrie for Wet Seal. Report
I read the article about healthy fat cells and I am constantly amazed at how mean people who comment on articles can be. People are so judgemental about weight and the causes of it. I will admit that I have a self control problem and a laziness problem, but I also do have normal blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. I still want to take care of myself, though, and teach my kids the value of good health. Report
Love Karrie's story about modeling for Wet Seal and following her dream! Great stuff! Report
Why publish these headlines and then send one to so many different things that doesn't even have anything to do with the headline. i click on a headline because I want to read that article not have to go fishing to find the article....makes me very frustrated... Report
I LOVED the story about Karrie becoming a model for Wet Seal. How inspirational! Report
The "sit still" article was an eye opener! As soon as I'm through with my "sparking", I'm staying on my feet and active! The story about Karrie and Wet Seal made me cry with joy for her AND her mother. What an inspirational message! Report
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