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Sheila asked the Naked Scientists:

Why do some people get cold easier than others?  I know fat acts as an insulator for the body but does the greater amount of muscle mass generate more body heat?  One last thing:  why is it if you move from a cold climate to a warmer one, it takes years before your body adjusts before you start to get cold easier?  What exactly happens to the body to cause this?  Great show and thanks for your help!

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Why do some people feel the cold more than others?
« Reply #1 on: 02/06/2008 19:36:37 »
Size matters: smaller individuals (e.g. babies) have a higher surface-to-volume ratio than larger individuals (e.g. adults) and consequently lose heat faster.

In warm-blooded creatures of the same size then blood circulation is a factor e.g. elderly people with vascular disease will "feel the cold" more than younger people, also elderly people tend not to have a lot of insulating fat.
[obese individuals are less likely to become elderly].
« Last Edit: 03/06/2008 01:48:21 by RD »
 

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