Blog | Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Athletes want to share the fat

Studies about weight typically focus on how to lose it, but a recent study in Spain reveals that fat is sometimes coveted in the world of professional sports.

Researchers at the University of the Basque Country hypothesized that top-flight soccer players are generally more satisfied with their body images than other young men, according to a news release from Spain's Scientific Information and News Service. Predictably, a control group of university-age men said they'd like more muscular bodies but another group of Spanish League soccer players said that while they always try to build muscle they'd also like to add body fat in order to look more like other young men their age. Goes to show that the grass is always greener...

Turns out fat can also help you look younger, according to a new study of identical twins. After age 40, twins who had substantially higher BMIs than their identical sibling also had much younger looking faces.