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Did you know that there are different types of body fat?

According to a new study published in the journal Diabetes, people with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes.

But…what exactly is brown fat?

According to WebMD, scientists have found that lean people tend to have more brown fat than overweight or obese people — and that when stimulated it can burn calories. Scientists are eyeing it as a potential obesity treatment if they can figure out a way to increase a person’s brown fat or stimulate existing brown fat. In fact, brown fat is now thought to be more like muscle than like white fat. When activated, brown fat burns white fat.

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