Fat bones lead to breaks

When you pack on the pounds, you don't just end up with extra fat around your belly. You also get extra fat in a lot of other places -- including a few places you might not expect.

Take your bones, for example.

When you get too heavy on the outside, you can gain fat cells inside your bones -- right inside the marrow itself, according to new research from Harvard University.

Now, there's a long list of places where you don't want fat cells building up. But this is one place where you REALLY don't want fat building up -- because when fat cells grow inside your bone marrow, they can chase out the osteoblast cells responsible for new bone formation.

Once those osteoblast cells are crowded out, they can't form new bone. When they can't form new bone, you could suffer weakness in the bone as well as fractures and breaks -- and that's if you're lucky.

If you're unlucky, you could end up with something much worse -- because low levels of osteoblast cells and high levels of fat cells inside the bone are major risk factors for osteoporosis.

And that's not the only way obesity can lead to serious bone problems.

When you gain too much weight, your body pumps out high levels of adiponectin, a hormone linked to obesity that's also known to damage bone, increasing the risk of fractures, breaks and even osteoporosis.

The new study finds that obese people with an apple shape may have the highest risk of fat cells in the bones, but that may be painting too fine a line -- because too much fat anywhere isn't good for your bone, and it's certainly not good for the rest of your body, either.

So take action now. Protect your bone and protect your health -- lose weight, and trim the fat deposits wherever they might be hiding.