Do fat people float, or sink?

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Do fat people float, or sink?
« on: 03/06/2014 09:30:01 »
Zach asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Do fat people sink or float?
What do you think?
« Last Edit: 03/06/2014 09:30:01 by _system »

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Re: Do fat people float, or sink?
« Reply #1 on: 03/06/2014 10:44:23 »
Muscle has a density of about 1.06 g/ml (slightly more than water)
Fat has a density of about 0.92 g/ml (slightly less than water)

Thus, the more fat, the easier it is to float.

Floating will also depend on air in the lungs, and if deceased, gas buildup in the abdomen.

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Re: Do fat people float, or sink?
« Reply #2 on: 03/06/2014 19:28:48 »
Relevant experiment ... http://youtu.be/ZS5zpQqbalw?t=25s