Many people are amazed at how much fat a human being can store. We are born with a certain number of fat cells in our bodies, and this number can actually increase during obesity. The fat that we use to store calories is called white fat, which is found almost everywhere in our body. The fat that we can pinch, see and feel is called peripheral – or subcutaneous – fat. The other type of white fat is inside our body cavity and surrounds our internal organs. It’s called visceral fat, and in this case, what you can’t see can hurt you.