I hope I’m not jumping the gun on some new, revolutionary invention that will help millions lose weight, save lives and win someone a Nobel Prize, but I kind of doubt it.
Research is currently being done at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City with what’s called a 3 D scanner. Researchers there are using these scanners to better understand where fat cells are located in the body – a picture of 2 millions points inside the body, in fact. Ironically, these scanners were once used to interpret body size to better fit models clothes…ok, it’s ironic to me.
Why does this matter? Well, if you have belly fat, it will tell you so. And I guess that’s important for folks who were looking in the mirror and thought that their protruding tummies or beloved handles was filled with jelly beans or hacky sac seeds!
Better yet, it will even tell people who are not overweight, where the predominance of their fats cells lie, so I guess they can worry about it in the future. Apparently, the researchers on this project feel the 3D scanner will be most helpful as people are losing weight so they can target their ‘problem areas’. With all due respect, I don’t think there’s much scientific evidence that you can successfully ‘target fat’ while losing weight.
“We hope to apply this to monitor changes in the body size or body dimensions,” said Jack Wang of St. Luke’s.
This isn’t to say that being aware of where you carry fat cells isn’t important. There is evidence that carrying a predominance of fat in one area (the belly or abdomen), creates a higher risk for other diseases, heart attack and stroke. It may also be relevant where the fat is located in the abdomen, which might have something do with metabolic syndrome.
The medical reporter for this report asks the question I think we’re all thinking. ‘Do I need a machine to tell me where I’m fat?’ I know one thing. I don’t need any more reasons to worry about my weight, other than living the happiest, healthiest and best life I’m capable of – and that’s got to be enough!
Source Article: Stephanie Stahl, Medical Report for CBS 3 – Philadelphia