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When ‘Skinny Fat’ Is More Dangerous Than Obesity

Previous studies have connected sugar-sweetened drinks with higher levels of visceral fat, but those only included one-time measurements of fat levels where researchers linked how much people’s self-reports of drinking sugary beverages to their visceral fat volume. In the current study, Caroline Fox—who at the time of the study was at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute—and her colleagues tracked changes in visceral fat concentrations in a group of about 1,000 people over six years. They found that people who drank the most sugared beverages had the highest increases in visceral fat over that time. Drinking at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day was linked to a 27% greater increase in visceral fat volume, compared to people who didn’t drink any of these sweetened beverages.

The scientists also showed that the visceral fat was biologically more likely to cause health problems. The people who drank sweet things also regularly also showed lower quality fat, which has been linked to greater metabolic abnormalities and problems such as insulin resistance, a contributor to diabetes.

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