Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Fat Found to Accelerate Aging Process

From The Washington Post
Scientists have produced the first direct evidence that fat accelerates aging, possibly speeding the unraveling of crucial genetic structures inside cells that wither with age.

A team of researchers from the United States and Britain found that the more people weigh, the older their cells appear on a molecular level, with obesity adding the equivalent of nearly nine years of age to a person's body.
UPDATE: my previously unidentified Pentagon source, who as it turns out has a wide range of areas of expertise, notes that this makes baby fat an oxymoron. On the other hand, it doesn't appear on, which claims to have the largest (if not the funniest) online list of oxymorons. It doesn't even have deafening silence, the example given on oxymoron - OneLook Dictionary Search, which I checked because the GMail spell checker has never heard of oxymoron.

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