Get in touch with your inner fat

March 12th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  1 Comment

Pursuant to a discussion elsewhere on the site about fitness and fatness, this article provides a useful explanation of the distinction between subcutaneous (ie. under the skin) and visceral (ie. around internal organs) fat. Are you a Tofi?

Thanks to reader L for this link.


  1. ephraim says:

    March 12th, 2009at 9:52 am(#)

    When this news broke in the health-at-any-size world, critics (Kate Harding, for instance) were quick to point out that ‘thin on the outside, fat on the inside’ is pretty much bullshit. It’s based on, and continues to reify, the premise that being fat is only about health risks and health risk is only about being fat. Thin people with fat around their internal organs aren’t fat people – they’re thin people with certain kinds of elevated health risks. “Fat” is a social category; having xyz health risks is a medical one. Conflating the two screws over both healthy fat people who are arbitrarily stigmatized and the people this study points out who are thin but not getting screened for certain conditions because those conditions are only associated with being fat.

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