Advertisement

What are the harmful effects of visceral fat?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Visceral fat (the unhealthy fat that collects around the waistline) is an age maker and energy depleter -- it wreaks havoc on the liver and has been linked to a slew of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and a cluster of risk factors called metabolic syndrome, which increases the chance of developing these diseases. It should come as no surprise that the more visceral fat you have, the lower the amount of energy your body can create.

Visceral fat is not a problem just for overweight or obese people. You can be thin and still have visceral fat if you're not fit. Because visceral fat is the most dangerous kind of fat, doctors have grown more concerned about waist size than the number on the scale, which can be very deceiving. While abdominal fat is usually visible, visceral fat can be hidden deep inside an outwardly "thin" person. The same holds true for fat that can line blood vessels, restrict blood flow, and damage the cardiovascular system.
Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged

More About this Book

Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged

       From celebrated dietitian Ashley Koff and fitness trainer to the stars Kathy Kaehler comes Mom Energy, an exciting new way for moms to tap into their own natural and renewable sources of...

Continue Learning about Belly Fat

Don't Let Belly Fat Fool Your Body Mass Index Measurement
Don't Let Belly Fat Fool Your Body Mass Index Measurement
Is your bathroom scale lying about whether your weight is healthy—or a health threat? The obesity epidemic is bad enough, but along comes a study that...
Read More
What is an effective core exercise to get rid of belly fat?
Geralyn CoopersmithGeralyn Coopersmith
Contrary to popular belief, crunches are useless at getting rid of belly fat. In this video, exe...
More Answers
5 Belly-Fat Busting Foods
5 Belly-Fat Busting Foods5 Belly-Fat Busting Foods5 Belly-Fat Busting Foods5 Belly-Fat Busting Foods
These five delicious foods can help whittle your middle.
Start Slideshow
Is Obesity Always a Risk Factor for Heart Disease?
Is Obesity Always a Risk Factor for Heart Disease?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.