Science: Health: Surgery
Fat Transplants   (0)  [vote for, against]
Solve Obesity and Malnutrition Simultaneously!

The majority of Americans are overweight or obese, and many people in developing nations are underweight and malnourished, so my idea is to remove the excess body fat from the overweight and obese, then transplant it to those who need it. This could work just like an organ transplant, skin graft, or a blood transfusion, except my idea is talking about body fat.

For the question of rejection, scientists could study fat transplant rejection and apply the results.
-- darkknight_152002, Jul 27 2003

Autologous Fat Transplant gone bad.
Autologous comes from two Greek words, autos, meaning self, and logos, meaning relationship. [thumbwax, Oct 06 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Allogeneic Bone Marrow transplants http://www.enlmedic.../article/003009.htm
Kinda expensive. Bone Marrow is fatty, so, I uh... [thumbwax, Oct 06 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Think transplant rejection.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 27 2003

Rejection from whom?
-- darkknight_152002, Jul 27 2003

If it needs to be a “whom”, I guess it would be God or Mother Nature.
Heck darknight. What do I know about transplant rejection?
Maybe fat wouldn't be rejected by a recipient’s body.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 27 2003

I would suggest you use the liposucted and excised fat for making imitation crab meat to "feed" the starving...

But I won't.
-- Tiger Lily, Jul 27 2003

Fat is not nourishing. Putting fat into malnourished people's bodies will not fix the problem.

My friend took me to a restaurant in Paris where marrow is the speciality. Might sound gross, but that was a damn good meal.
-- snarfyguy, Jul 27 2003

if I could photosynthesise (sp?) it might be the answer to all my problems - well, not all...
-- po, Jul 27 2003

Shhh... Don't tell snarfyguy the Inuit nation has a bounty on his head now for desecrating their beloved muktuk. Not that they had a lot of fruits, vegetables or grains to choose from through the ages however.
-- Tiger Lily, Jul 27 2003

snarf, you can hide out at my place if need be.
-- po, Jul 27 2003

(dodging the bullets)
-- snarfyguy, Jul 27 2003

Heh. It's those toggling harpoons you gotta watch out for.
-- Tiger Lily, Jul 28 2003

snarf, I also had marrow in Paris once. The flavor was as you describe, one of the tastiest treats I've ever encountered. Meanwhile, my gag reflex was constantly being activated by the horribly offensive texture. It was like a trip to heaven and hell, both at the same time.

And don't worry about the Inuit. Marrow, of course, is the fat from inside a bone (in my case, it was from a cow). Muktuk, as I understand it, is the outer layer of skin and fat from a whale.
-- beauxeault, Jul 28 2003

Muktuk also has vitamin C! So if you're feeling scurvaceous and got no limes, gnaw a whale.
-- bungston, Jul 28 2003

Oh! So *that* is marrow? People have tacos of that down here. Naaaaasty.
-- Pericles, Jul 28 2003

Don't expect baklava when you get to the baccula.
-- Tiger Lily, Jul 28 2003

we're not not overgrown-courgette marrow here, are we? more the spinal fluid area of things, right?
-- badgers, Jul 29 2003

Perhaps the transplants can be done successfully if we find a 'fat type' which could be very similar to a blood type. Thus, the fat would be matched and the odds of rejection are low.

Of course, fat is not nourishing, as another said, and so it would have to be done for those who need a higher amount of body fat.

If this cannot be done to solve malnutrition, why not find another use for liposucted fat from human beings? What uses do rendered human fat have?
-- darkknight_152002, Apr 05 2004

Wouldn't it be easier for the starving people to just eat the fat? Kinda like TL suggests (Hi TL:))

Their bodies would handle the conversion without fear of rejection. Maybe repulsion, or ejection, but not rejection.

Mmmmm... my can of liposuctioned energy juice is chunky....

"Product of USA"
-- TIB, Apr 05 2004 about transfat plants?
-- ShawnBob, Sep 18 2012

Export 'em live and let them be eaten in the time honoured cannibalistic way.
-- Lesser Spotted Kiwi, Sep 18 2012

Good idea, just hope they don't notice the taps in the hotel bath are labelled "Marinade" and "Bouillon" …
-- 8th of 7, Sep 18 2012

Ha, ha.
-- Lesser Spotted Kiwi, Sep 19 2012

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