PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If getting in shape is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to put off the diet and exercise until after this bitter blast has passed.
According to research, people who have less body fat are more likely to get sick in the cold.READ MORE: Pool Season In Philadelphia Area Could Take Nosedive Thanks To Looming Chlorine Tablet Shortage
A health professor at Ball State University says a body fat range of 15 to 20 percent is the lowest you should go to remain healthy.READ MORE: Taste With Tori: Thoughtful Details Sprout Off Every Table, Plate At 1906 At Longwood Gardens
“If you have less fat, you have less insulation,” said Community Health Professor at Ball State University Jagdish Khubchandani. “You can have too much cold inside the heart, liver kidney, internal organs, and then they become dysfunctional.”Jefferson Hospital Nurse Who Ended Up Patient After Blister On Foot Gets Infected Honored During National Nurses Week
The body fat study also found white women, especially those who are athletic or have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, are at the greatest risk of cold weather illnesses.