Why do babies have baby fat?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Likely due to survival thing, babies having more fat gives them a better chance to survive if there is a famine or lack of food, also likley to protect and keep them warm.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Emergency energy in case of illness or extreme case scenarios. Infants are born with a store of brown fat, which is a very high energy burning fat that animals typically only use if they go into hibernation or torpor (close to hibernation.) Ever hear of a baby who got really cold and seemed to 'shut down'? They will do this if close to starvation as well. If help is gotten soon enough, the brown fat will save them, bring them back from death. We lose this fat as adults (to some degree), but all infants have it.
    Other fats are very important for babies to get through illnesses or sicknesses, when they don't want to or are too weak to eat.

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What Guys Said 4

  • Energy for metabolism. They're constantly growing. Fats an energy source after glucose is used up. It's called andipose tissue and it's just like a petrol tank for a car. It's a more effective energy source but leaves you feeling sluggish and lethargic when the body uses it for metabolism. Runners call it hitting a wall when their glucose runs out

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  • probably because they are babies?

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  • good question.

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  • So that they can last the winter when there's less prey for them to hunt. You know, like bears but deadlier.

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