A recent study found a link between the rising rates of obesity in the US and UK and central heating, which became common in the ’60s. In mildly cold temps, a type of fat in our bodies called brown fat is activated, triggering a process called nonshivering thermogenesis. Unlike regular fat that stores excess energy and calories, brown fat consumes lots of calories, which helps lower body weight. Published in Obesity Reviews.
Turning Up the Thermostat Could Make You Fat?