Hit your health targets right in the middle

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Hit your health targets right in the middle

Not all fat is created equal, so start at your tummy

Kim Pearson

Covid-19 comes as a stark reminder of obesity’s a threat to our health. Evidence shows being overweight doubles our risk of being hospitalised with the virus, and new research from University College London found that obese people over 65 had a 31% increased risk of dementia later in life.

Yet not all fat is created equal. We used to believe that body fat simply functioned as energy storage for the body, but we now know that different types of fat affect the body in different ways.

Excess fat around the middle is particularly harmful to our health as it can increase our risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke. Unlike subcutaneous fat, which lies beneath the skin, visceral fat sits under the abdominal wall surrounding vital organs such as our liver, stomach and intestines. Excess visceral fat triggers low-level systemic inflammation, one of the main reasons it’s linked to an increased risk of disease and faster ageing...

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