So little uneducated me always assumed that the reason why obesity is a health risk is because you have to cart around so much extra body weight that it strains your heart. Or something. But I just read this article in Science Daily about metabolic syndrome, which is code for "death by fat."
"Most people today think that obesity itself causes metabolic syndrome," said Dr. Roger Unger, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study. "We're ingrained to think obesity is the cause of all health problems, when in fact it is the spillover of fat into organs other than fat cells that damages these organs, such as the heart and the liver. Depositing fatty molecules in fat cells where they belong actually delays that harmful spillover."
So basically your body stores fat in fat cells, the ones that make beer bellies and ghetto booties, for as long as it can pack it in there, but when it runs out of room the fat starts encroaching into--INTO--your organs. So your organs are filled with fatty fat fat. Which makes it hard for them to perform somewhat important functions like, oh, i dunno, pump blood to your entire body. And then you die.
So not to bag on fat people, but seriously, that shit is disgusting.