Too true. I guess I'm sensitive about the issue because I sweat profusely from my
face (around the front of the hairline, and then back to the nape of the neck).
But when you think about it the only way obesity would make you sweat is that you
simply can't be as active as thinner people. Some think the fat layer is an
"insulator" but in fact, it's the opposite: since it is so rich with blood
vessels, it's also a "radiator," and I suspect (but can't prove) that the
radiation effect is stronger than the insulation effect.

Jon Spencer wrote:

> It's hard to say - I don't think that we understand how the body actually
> functions well enough yet.
>
> The cold usually doesn't bother me.  I am slightly plump at the moment
> (maybe 8-10 pounds of fat that needs to be converted into something more
> useful than a floatation device), but have generally been trim.  My body
> temp is also usually low (about a degree and one half F),

Which is about 1oC, so it sounds like you and I have about the same body
temperature.

> but while I had
> fibromyalgia my waking temp was BELOW 92F, which should have put me into a
> coma!  I also sweat like a pig (do pigs really sweat??)

Well, according to a lady at King Friedrick the Great, horses sweat, men perspire
and ladies glow....

> when I exercise,
> which for me is usually a pain in the eyes.

I had to look up "pain in the eyes" in my Zion-English / English-Zion
dictionary.... :-)

> Also, I simply do not have any
> body odor - I have never needed to use deodorant.  The only time I get a
> slight body odor is when I am ill.  (Not mentally, thank goodness, or I'd
> smell rotten all the time! :-)
>

That's true with me, too -- I can go a day without deodorant if I really want to,
and I don't leave stains.  Sheesh, we're getting awfully intimate in here...

<tucks finger into 18" shirt* and pulls at it a bit>

*there are some things we still use Imperial for, and clothing is one of them. I
happen to know my belt size and my shirt size in Metric, but only because I've
bought clothes in Munich before, at the Kaufhof downtown (sort of the German
equivalent of Sears). The other thing that comes to mind is paper. We don't use
the "A4" system, which is the metric equivalent to letter size (8.5 x 11 inches).
A4 paper is 210 x 297 mm, which works out to about 8 1/8th x 11 5/8th inches so
it's a bit narrower and a bit longer than letter size paper.

And just to show Ronn that I, too, am able to find obscurata on the Internet,
here's a webpage about ISO standard paper (I was making a long story short when I
said "Metric"): http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html  After reading the
site, I learned something I had never known -- A4/A3 etc. paper sizes are based on
the "golden mean," just like some Greek temples.

>
> My wife is very sensitive to cold.  Prior to her pregnancy, she got cold
> when she ate.  However, that went away after little Michael was born.  Now
> HE is the one who gets cold when he eats.
>
> Both of us have very low blood pressure.  Mine is usually around 104/68 (at
> age 54), and hers is the same (at a younger age :-).  When she was pregnant,
> it got down to 90/52 or thereabouts.  Needless to say, neither of us should
> die of a stroke (our cholesterol is also fine and dandy).
>
> Anywho, there does seem to be some similarity between our resistance to
> cold.  However, my wife just came in and told me that I need to go out and
> find the spot heater, since it was now "officially cold" in our bedroom.  So
> I gotta run!
>
> Jon
>
> Marc A. Schindler wrote:
>
> I often wonder -- in all seriousness, this time -- if our body temperature
> and
> other factors has something to do with how we feel heat. I'm rather
> overweight,
> and you can almost hear people tell me in their minds that if I'm so danged
> hot
> why don't I lose some weight, but the problem is that I wasn't always
> overweight,
> but even as a kid I sweat a lot. It just didn't bother me then -- it takes
> time to
> learn that it has social consequences (not to mention having your glasses
> fall off
> in a soccer game), and I was actually rather scrawny and small for my age
> until my
> mission.
>
> Anyway, having had my fair share of medical attention the past few years
> (I've
> been in 5 hospitals and seen 20 specialists alone), I've learned that my
> normal
> core body temperature is 36oC, not 37oC which is supposed to be "normal." So
> I'm
> cold-blooded. Absolutely WAG stab in the dark, but this could be why I feel
> the
> cold just as acutely as anyone else, but it simply doesn't bother me. Today
> it was
> only 4oC when I went down the alley to check the mail, and I didn't bother
> putting
> a jacket on. But let it get above 20oC and I'm the first to complain.
>
> Now here's the really weird thing. 2 of my 4 kids are like me -- both the
> boys.
> The two girls, one of whom is slightly overweight and the other of whom
> isn't,
> complain that we keep our house too cold. My wife used to use my backside to
> warm
> up her feet at night when we first got married (she's from Spokane, WA, not
> one of
> your palmier spots), but after her first pregnancy, she turned
> "cold-blooded" just
> like me. I have absolutely no explanation, scientific or otherwise, for
> this. I am
> *so* cold-blooded that I once frost-bit my entire left ear, all the way
> inside to
> and including the ear drum, and didn't even know it. I was fooling around on
> the
> way to school when I was 8 and got pushed into a snowbank, and got snow
> jammed
> into my ear. Around recess I was running a fever, and was sent to the school
> nurse. She called my mom, who came and got me and took me to our family
> doctor,
> who said I had first-degree frostbite. I still have a rough, cartiliginous
> section
> of the top of my earlobe from that damage. There was scar tissue on the
> eardrum
> for several years thereafter, although it gradually healed. And yet I never
> even
> felt it at the time.
>
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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