What are the three kinds of fat in the body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fat is like real estate; it's all about location, location, location. We all have three kinds of fat in our bodies: fat in our blood stream (called triglycerides), subcutaneous fat (which lies just underneath the skin's surface) and omentum fat. The omentum is a fatty layer of tissue located inside the belly that hangs underneath the muscles in your stomach (it's why some men with beer guts still have firm bellies -- their fat is underneath the muscle). Omentum fat is the most harmful to your health.
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