Why Is Belly Fat So Dangerous?
As you can probably tell by now, your belly bulge is not simply a wardrobe malfunction. It goes so much deeper than ‘vanity’ as some people would put it. Yes, we all want to be able to rock the latest fashion trends but belly fat is a HUGE health problem.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that while it’s not healthy to carry excess body fat throughout your body, it’s especially dangerous to carry excess belly fat.
The human body is made such that all the major organs are surrounded by a type of fat known as visceral fat. It is designed to provide cushioning against all kinds of shocks and stresses to the heart, pancreas, kidneys and liver.
The problem comes in when the visceral fat is excessive because it can affect how your internal organs function and with time lead to health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancers and so on.
The main reason why visceral fat is the most dangerous type of abdominal fat is that it impacts all of your bodily systems because of its affect on hormones and inflammation. This would explain why it’s linked to chronic illnesses which mostly arise from inflammation and hormonal imbalance.
The three main dangers of belly fat are:
- It’s biologically active.
Whereas the fat stored say in your hips just sits there, visceral fat is biologically active. What does this mean? Well, most health experts actually regard it as an extra gland or organ because it in fact produces hormones that affect your appetite, metabolism and other bodily systems.
- It increases your risk of getting breast and other cancers.
Gaining fat in general increases your risk of breast cancer because fat produces estrogen that feeds the breast cancer cells. However, belly fat has own risks. A study featured in the journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that women with larger waist lines were more prone to get breast cancer.
- It’s bad for your heart.
Visceral fat has been shown to release cytokines which are proteins linked to your immune system. This increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases as it promotes continuous insulin resistance and low level inflammation. Additionally, the fatty acids released by abdominal fat are associated with bad cholesterol.