Body weight and inflammation are often considered unrelated, but these findings show a strong connection.

For a long time, fat was just thought of as “there”—perhaps unsightly and bothersome, but not active in its own right. We now know that excess body weight and fat stores can lead to bone and joint, cardiovascular, pulmonary, cellular and blood sugar unhealth.

But that’s not all excess fat does. More recent findings indicate that fat is also busy making chemicals that cause inflammation