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Army Wants to Make Fat Soldiers Thin by Injecting More Fat Cells

by Shane McGlaun

One thing that Kung Fu Panda taught me is that portly warriors can still kick butt- skadoosh! The U.S. Army feels differently though and wants all of its obese soldiers to slim down, with very good reason. Overweight soldiers may not have the stamina to keep up with their skinnier counterparts in a combat situation and that could be bad for the portly soldier and the rest of the squad. The U.S. Army recently handed out a round a small business research awards, and one of the projects that was green lit is very interesting.

The coolest of the projects that received grant money is one proposed by a team of scientists at Boston University that want to figure out if you can grow brown fat cells and then inject them into the human body as a way to boost metabolism and burn fat, leading to weight loss. The human body has both brown adipose tissue and white adipose tissue. The white fat cells make people obese, yet the brown fat cells help burn calories.

In fact, a recent study showed that a pockets of brown fat cells can burn as much as 250 calories in a three-hour time span. Those brown fat cells can even steal energy from white fat cells, further stunting obesity. The researchers hope to develop a method of growing those brown fat cells and injecting them into the body with the goal of helping overweight soldiers lose weight. You can bet that if the team is successful, this will also be highly profitable in the private sector with obese people looking for a way to lose weight.

[via Wired: Danger Room]

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Comments (4):

  1. Anony-mouse says:

    I’m just wondering why these obese people are accepted in the first place, or how they didn’t burn it off in training. It’s a very serious concern that they wouldn’t have the stamina required to keep up on the battlefield.

    • Aharris says:

      Well, a lot (if not most) of MOSs in the U.S. Military are actually very sedentary jobs, aside from the occasional company PT. Not everyone serves as infantry, and odds are, many of these soldiers made it through basic and AIT and remained fit due to a very high level of strenuous exercise, but after initial training, the much lower amount of PT isn’t enough for their bodies to maintain fitness. The Annual fitness tests are when the Army first officially recognizes if a soldier has fallen out of the appropriate fitness levels. I knew a bunch of guys who, for some reason, throught that they can eat nothing but junk for 11 months out of the year, and then whip themselves back into shape 3-4 weeks before their fitness test.

  2. Armand Reviews says:

    Wow! This has to be a first. I wonder who is up for this outside of the arm forces? I think I have to find out more about brown fat cells, but besides that, this program is just great for muscle toning, even love handles. great article by the way.

  3. ALECIA says:

    love it lol

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