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Top 5 facts about fat cells

Top 5 facts about fat cells

Fat cells are permanent and can grow up to 1000 times their original size.

1. Size

Your fat cells can grow up to 1000 times their original size.

2. Capacity

Once a fat cell reaches its maximum capacity, your body produces a new fat cell to store additional fat.

3. Permanence

Once a new fat cell forms, you can’t get rid of it. You can only decrease its size.

4. Number

  • Non-obese adults generally have 30 to 50 billion fat cells.
  • Obese adults generally have 60 to 100 billion fat cells.

5. Health

The distribution of your fat cells can affect your health.

Sources:
Pollock, M.L., & Wilmore, J.H. (1990). Exercise in Health and Disease, 2nd edition. (pp. 61-82) Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company.
Chantal, V. & Kravitz, L. (2002). Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism. November-December IDEA Fitness Journal.




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