Strange fat cells in our bones grow rather than shrink when we starve

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There is a distinct type of fat in our bones that doesn’t act like fat at all. These peculiar fat cells, or adipocytes, grow larger, not smaller, when we starve.

“They are fake adipocytes,” says cancer researcher Catherine Muller at the University of Toulouse, France. “They look like adipocytes but they don’t have the main function of adipocytes.”

The main function of fat is to store energy and release it when needed, says Muller. This is what most of the fat in our …