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What You Should Know About Belly Fat

A spare tire around your belly doesn't make you feel very attractive in your bikini, but more importantly, belly fat is the most unhealthy type of fat you can have. To see why and learn how to diminish yours, take this little quiz.


What You Should Know About Belly Fat

T/F: Having belly fat is associated with an increased risk of cancer.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I don't find that photo offensive. If anything I'm happy that the headless lady is making the effort.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Build & thyroid problems don't make you 300lbs. Ever. It's one thing to be 10, 15, or even 20lbs overweight, but 150? No. You would have to have a very rare disorder to sustain that amount of body fat with daily exercise and healthy eating.
bairdlet bairdlet 8 years
to le romantique; I know that for throat cancer, at least, belly fat gives you a higher risk. I've worked on the molecular signaling biology behind Barrett's esophagus, a type of cancer of the throat caused by acid reflux disease. Belly fat causes actual physical pressure on the internal workings of the upper digestive system, causing you to have more frequent,.and longer bouts, of heartburn. The acid in heartburn, over years, can lead to neoplastic (read: cancerous) growth in your distal esophagus. Also, fat in general screws with your cancer risk. Your ratio of regulatory fatty hormones- right now, I'm thinking specifically of leptin and adiponectin- gets switched around, which can cause havoc with metabolic processes within your body, including the cell-to-cell instructions that over time can lead to cancerous growth.
verily verily 8 years
It's nice to know that some people are apparently omniscient. You know NOTHING about that woman's lifestyle.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
when i gain weight is go right to the middle. ugh i hate it.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Yeah, it happens from crappy diet + not exercising. That woman in the photo must weight at least 300lbs. There's no excuse for reaching that size, it absolutely IS 100% due to bad eating and lack of exercise.
annissa annissa 8 years
The photo, but mostly the comments about the photo are really offensive to me. Don't kid yourselves into thinking you're better than a fat woman and don't assume you know what it's like. Anyone who has been that size before knows it didn't just happen because of eating a 'crappy diet'. There are a lot more things going on than just that,
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Yes, it does. (and this is documented)
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
5/5 =) and I've got the flat belly to prove it! I've never gained weight around my middle.. it just goes to my butt if I put on pounds. Oh well.
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 8 years
Ugh, I train 5 days a week and watch my weight but I just can't get rid of my pot belly, I was born into a family of apple shaped women - I have bordering on skinny thighs/arms and butt - every bit of spare flesh goes to my belly, I hate it.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
5/5! Wow! I think this is the first quiz on which I've gotten 100%! :-D
Niami Niami 8 years
5/5 - it is hard to lose the belly. 70 pounds gone and it was mostly lost from my thighs, butt and boobs. =/
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
ah the bane of my existence. The ONLY place I gain weight is around my middle. I have small hips, small arms, legs, medium chest and a fat stomach. I'm WAY over the healthy limit, but even when I lost 25 lbs last year my waist BARELY went down, it's so frustrating!
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
2/5 Woops... I've never had any problems with belly fat, luckily.
new new 8 years
3/5 I have a bit of bellyfat and am trying to tone it down before July. But this is the part that gains fat first and loses it last
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
5/5.. Luckily, I've never had any issues with belly fat. A healthy diet and good exercise keeps my figure looking great. :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
5/5! I eat a good diet and my cholesterol/triglyceride levels are great, but my waist isn't as tiny as it probably should be because I'm short and my organs have to stay somewhere. I'm very short-waisted, but I'm also lean and I do have defined abs. I just wish my waist would be a little bit smaller so I'd have more of an hourglass figure instead of looking so straight-up-and-down.
Shebelle Shebelle 8 years
I am sorry but I find it really offensive that you use a picture of a headless large woman which is supposed to repulse people and guilt them into working out more. That's not cool. It's very disrespectful. Would you post a picture of a headless Mexican when writing about the swine flu?
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