Despite its archaic tone, "middle-age spread" is a growing problem. Women have a higher fat-to-body weight ratio in their middle years than males.
Previously, we may have accepted these changes as part of aging. But we've been warned that waistlines increase health hazards.
More so than subcutaneous fat, abdominal, or visceral, fat is a major source of many health issues.
Visceral fat cushions the crevices between our abdominal organs deep in the abdominal cavity, out of reach.
Visceral fat increases metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes risk.
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The lower body (pear form) has subcutaneous fat, whereas the abdomen (apple shape) has visceral fat.
Hormones and genetics affect fat distribution. Researchers and physicians are measuring belly fat, correlating it with health concerns.
You can squeeze subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat in your abdomen may be seen and measured, but not squeezed.