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Who You Calling TOFI?

Do you hate your coworker because she eats whatever she wants and never works out yet still is thin? Well don't because chances are she is TOFI.

TOFI stands for "Thin on the Outside, Fat on the Inside." New studies are finding the fat deposits these so called Tofis carry are hidden in the white fat that lies around their vital organs, streaked through their underused muscles and wrapped around the heart. This hidden fat (rather than the fat lying in dimples underneath the skin) that can only be seen in high-tech MRI scanners is what sends out chemical signals, potentially leading to insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and heart conditions.

Consider this: Sumo wrestlers have a BMI of 56 and eat up to 5,000 calories a day, but they have very little internal fat. Surprisingly they also have low cholesterol, low insulin resistance and a low level of fatty acids. This seems to be due to the fact that their fat is all stored under the skin, on the outside.

Research is still being done on TOFI but as of now the best way researchers have discovered to combat the dangerous hidden fat is to eat a healthy diet with lots of dietary fiber. As always, exercising is always a good addition for anyone looking to be healthy, overweight or not.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I worry about this with my son...he's nine and has ADHD...his meds drastically reduce his appetite, so we feed him sausage and whole milk and stuff. The doctor said this is what we have to do to keep his weight ON, but I've always worried about what it does for his insides.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
or that body worlds exhibit... they have a slice (yup a slice) of someones bod that was internally fat. not cool.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I've seen images of bodies with fat on their oragans and it really inspires me to turn down the potato chips that come my way.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
most sumo wrestlers get diabetes though.
YaoMing YaoMing 10 years
So I need an MRI to see if I'm FAT? Houston Rockets Center #11 Recuperation after fracture
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
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