Why do we get Fat?

Have you ever wondered why you get fat? Is there a limit to how fat you can get? Don’t the laws of physics get involved at some point and exercise constraint on just how much? Weighty questions to weigh our mind with but the answers might just surprise you. Body fat is an essential ingredient to keeping you alive. Fat is an outcome of your body breaking down food depending on what you ate. Your body also makes fat in your body in the form of cholesterol. Collectively, this is what is known as body fat.

Fat is the excess amount of nutrition that your body is unable to consume at a given point in time. Your body contains something called the adipose tissue which is used to store fat. Once a fatty tissue is filled to the brim, your body produces additional ones where the fat is then stored. The constant process of creation of new adipose cells and then filling them up with fat is how your girth increases. Your body does not particularly care where, as in some sense it is everywhere. Your face, arms, thighs, stomach are all targets. You will notice it perhaps when your belt needs to be moved up a few notches, but by then it has already been happening for a while.

There is a problem though. There is no limit to how much weight you can put on. Also, once a fat storage cell has been created, it never dies. The amount of fat inside the fat cell may vary depending on your lifestyle, but the fat cell is there for good. The predisposition of the fat cell to fat is the reason it is so easy to put weight back on. For this reason, you and your kids are better off remaining lean from the start.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.