The color of body fat might affect how trim people are

This article is about how people have three different colors of fat in their bodies.  One of them is called white fat, which stores energy through fat which is used later. Brown fat, on the other hand, burns quickly. It has a lot of mitochondria in it which burn fats, sugars, and proteins. Mitochondria are the powerhouse within cells. They also have a lot of iron in them, and that is why the fat is brown because iron is brown. Beige fat gets its color because it is white fat that in the cold weather turns beige because mitochondria starts to develop in the white fat. Because the mitochondria has iron which is brown, it mixes with the white fat cells so it makes it beige. People with more brown fat tend to be thinner than people with less brown fat.  

 Scientists discovered that people with more white fat tend to be fatter, and it can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Scientists used to think that brown fat was just in animals that hibernate in the winter. They discovered that people have brown fat, too.  Scientists also discovered that the cold can make people’s white fat turn beige. When fat turns beige, the fat starts to burn which can make you skinnier. Scientists are trying to figure out how to help people turn their white fat into beige fat. They also discovered that melatonin helps to turn white fat beige. 

This article is about how brown fat and beige fat can help people become healthier and how scientists are trying to figure out how to do this. I chose this article because I thought that it would be interesting to learn about the different types of fat that people have inside their body and how it can help heal some diseases. This article relates to the other article I wrote about because it talks about how important melatonin is.  It is important to the world and changes the way we look at old evidence because we used to think that there was only one type of fat in humans. Finding out about brown and beige fat in humans may help people lose weight. We didn’t know that white fat can change into brown fat.

By Cornelia 4T

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2 Responses to The color of body fat might affect how trim people are 

  1. farah says:

    Cornelia, I liked how you showed the proses of how the cold can change your white fat into beige fat. This is a new topic and is fascinating to me. I love how you showed how the cells have mitochondria in them and how you use the word power house instead of something basic like power, energy, or source of the cell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Elizabeth Spencer says:

    I liked how you explained what is in the fat.

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