Excess body weight has serious consequences for health. Obesity is responsible for high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time, it lowers HDL (“good”) cholesterol. It impairs the body’s responsiveness to insulin, raising blood sugar and insulin levels. Obesity contributes to major causes of death and disability, including heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, fatty liver, and depression.
Methods have changed over the years, but when scientists recognized that what matters is not body weight but body fat, standards began to change. The body mass index (BMI), remains enshrined as the standard way to diagnose overweight and obesity.
The Inside Story of Belly Fat
What makes abdominal fat so harmful?
Scientists don’t know for sure, but research is providing strong clues. To understand these clues, you must first understand that belly fat comes in two different forms. Some of it is…
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