Fat cell research points to new approach on obesity

Swedish researchers have concluded that the number of fat cells present in the body is a constant, remaining unchanged regardless of how much a person weighs or gains. Every year about 10 percent of those fat cells die off and are replaced. And the conclusion has raised a host of questions among obesity researchers anxious to find an effective method to counter the accumulation of fat in an increasingly obese society. Can new methods, for example, lead to fewer fat cells in an adult? And can fat cells be killed off faster than they are reborn?

- read the article in the New York Times

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