I just returned from a fat meeting. I bet you have never even heard of a fat meeting. Are you imagining a meeting room full of “people of size”? Nope. Are you imagining a room full of globs of fat? Nope again.
This meeting was the scientific meeting for the National Lipid Association. This professional organization focuses on how to best reduce nasty fats in our blood that cause heart attacks and diabetes and obesity and cancer and high blood pressure and… You can actually study and become a Board Certified Lipidologist. Yes, you can be a “Fat Doctor”. And if you are an M.D. and complete advanced training in lipidology you can be a “Fat Fellow.” (I crack myself up.)
I learned a ton of fun new stuff from these Fat Fellows that you do not want to know. So, stop right this minute, gently place your right pointer finger in your right ear and gently place your left pointer finger in your left ear. Now repeat after me “la, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you…la, la, la”. The problem is, if you do learn these new facts you are going to have to once again figure out new ways to ignore them and happily float down Denial River.
*Warning: I plan to send a few blogs related to this new fat information. You might want to delete them before you read them if you want to remain blissfully ignorant.
If you are a regular reader you know I love to make up words. At this meeting I learned a new made-up word. It is”adiposopathy”. It was created by Dr. Harold Bays who is a Fat Fellow (And a pretty good researcher. And looked to be quite lean.) It means “sick fat”. Apparently there is “sick fat” as well as”well fat”. I don’t know about you but I want my fat to be “well fat”. So, it behooves us to ask the question: How do we have “well fat”? (I am very happy that quite a few of the speakers used the word “behooves”.)
Apparently “well fat” is the nice thin layer of fat that lies under our skin and protects us. You will understand this if you have a bony bottom and it hurts to sit for long periods of time. “Sick fat” on the other hand is the fat that coats your internal organs and remains in a constant state of inflammation. If you tend to put weight on around your waist rather than in your hips and thighs you are a prime target for “sick fat”. Sick fat makes you sick. (“Duh” would fit nicely at this point.) “Sick Fat” increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancers…. It will behoove you to get rid of your sick fat. Easy to say, but not easy to do. However, I do have answers to bring you hope. Watch for my next Fusion blog.
We are going get rid of our “adiposapathy”, (I couldn’t resist making up my own word. So, how do you like this one, Dr. Bays?) We are going to fight “adiposopathy” one adipose (fat) cell at a time, with both guns drawn and everything else we can find. Watch out fat! We’re coming for you. You can run. But, you can’t hide. Not even under a muumuu. (See fashion faux pas of the 1960’s if you are unfamiliar with a muumuu.)
P.S. I am considering becoming a “Fat Fellow R.D.” What do you think? Should I?