What’s not to love about a fat baby? Bouncy, bonny babies are adorable. But that little cherub wasn’t born chubby just to trigger the human bonding process. Without that full-body cushion of subcutaneous fat, the risk of damage to the rapidly developing brain would be severe. The fat-free option would be a high-risk strategy at any age, but especially for babies.

Humans are the only land mammals born fat. Even our closest relative

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