Risks of Belly Fat

Namajja Irene

Namajja Irene

, Health

After a write up on some of the common causes of belly fat its only imperative that we talk about the fact that while you may have grown comfortable with your belly fat associating to a mere aspect of looks and comfort but it has health risks and dangers that are associated with it that you may need to know.

Why your belly is enlarging

A little read indicates that stored within the body are two types of fat or at least for as long as you need to understand our subject of belly fat and the risks.

First of the two is subcutaneous fat which resides just under the skin. This is also the visible fat that many seek to lose to look better undressed.

The second is visceral fat which lies deep within the body deposited around different internal organs like the liver, pancreas, kidneys and one of its most visible indicators is a protruding belly.

Visceral fat is the most dangerous of two types of fat because it is considered toxic. Visceral is said to secrete hormones and compounds that are inflammatory and could lead to not only heart disease but many more health dangers such as cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders.

Away from these here are a few other risks of visceral fat;


High amounts of visceral fat accumulated around internal organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines increases inflammatory risk because the fat produces hormonal and inflammatory molecules which leave you inflamed and affect your metabolism.

It is this inflammatory nature of visceral fat which is considered a bottom cause of most diseases.


Visceral fat more often triggers insulin resistance which increases the risk of suffering diabetes and many other metabolism diseases.

Problematic weight issues

Visceral fat makes it even harder to lose weight because it increases hunger levels negatively affecting eating habits due to hormonal changes.

Heart disease and stroke

Fat generated inflammatory cells are the main contributors to heart disease. When your body is inflamed the liver becomes overwhelmed with cholesterol and toxins which leads to plaque buildup in the arteries.

Visceral fat is also associated with cardiovascular disease markers like triglycerides, high blood pressure and high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


There is a link between more pounds on your body and less brain volume which leads to poorer function as you grow older.

Depression and mood

Because excess body fat is linked to hormonal changes it has often been linked to negative impacts on the mood. Various studies have associated visceral fat storage to a higher likelihood of suffering depression.

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