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No matter how much “good fats” are touted in the news, many people who are overweight – even if by only a few pounds – find it hard to get excited about them. As far as they’re concerned, fat, of any variety, is the enemy.

 
 

   This is understandable, for the ones who have been fighting it since childhood, as well as those who were dragged into the fray a bit later in life when slower metabolisms and decreasing muscle masses make weight easy to gain and nearly impossible to lose.

 
 

   Indeed, with all of the emphasis on being slim and trim, it’s difficult to believe that there was a time when a slightly fuller figure wasn’t a bad thing. In fact, it was often depicted as the feminine ideal by several artists including Michelangelo, Renoir, Rubens, Manet, and Rembrandt. Actually, such works are so numerous that, without them, museum walls would be nearly as bare as the paintings’ voluptuous subjects.

 
 

   Truly, the equation of pulchritude with thinness is a relatively recent development, as is the realization that obesity can lead to

 
     
 

various health problems. This is particularly true of the fat that settles around the waistline (often called “toxic fat”), which can be a precursor of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. That’s why it’s important to maintain a healthy waist circumference which, in general, experts say, is a maximum of 35” for women and 40” for men.

 
 

   The trouble is that you can exercise vigorously and religiously and still have a tough time losing those last, few pounds. Therefore, even if you have strong and sculpted abs of steel, a stubborn layer of flab may continue to obscure your “sixpack,” leaving you stuck with “flabs of steel.”

 
 

   This problem has so plagued and perturbed people, ever since thin has been “in,” that many have gone to extreme lengths to get rid of it. For example, years ago, some of the most desperate had their excess fat excised by scalpel in a procedure that never became popular because of its many complications.

 
     
     
 

That left overweight people to try diet after diet, while holding onto the impossible dream that, one day, someone would invent a machine that would magically just suck the fat right out of their bodies.

 
 

Of course, that wish was granted in 1974 when Dr. Giorgio Fischer devised the original form of liposuction. Also known as lipoplasty, or suction lipectomy, it used blunt, hollow, tubular needles called cannulas to do away with fat. Unfortunately, as often happens with new technologies, it had some rough spots; and,

 
 
coincidentally, so did the skin of many  
 
     
 

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