Do small individuals get cold more easily than larger ones?

We lose most of our heat through our skin. A smaller individual has a higher surface-to-volume ratio compared to a larger individual, which means smaller individuals will lose heat at a higher rate. The same principle is illustrated by the fact that mittens are warmer than gloves. In gloves, the increased surface area which is required to surround each individual finger will facilitate faster heat loss in comparison to mittens. (This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program)

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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