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Belly Fat – What’s the big deal?

By: Ann Marie Coppen

Anne Marie Coppen

PhD, FNP, Nurse Practitioner

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Having belly fat is indeed a BIG deal! Having extra fat in the belly doubles your risk of death by fifty percent. Unfortunately, the stereotypical truck driver image is depicted with a large belly. Poor eating, very little exercise, and regular stress are just a few of the contributing factors drivers face while on the road.

Belly fat (“pot belly”, “muffin top”, “beer belly”) is more dangerous than fat around your hips and thighs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a study suggesting the average waist sizes are increasing in Americans. The results showed a 54% increase in belly fat from 2011 to 2012.

This body type is also known as “apple shaped” opposed to “pear shaped.” Many studies have shown that even a modest increase in abdominal (belly) fat increases the risk for:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Asthma
  • Some Cancers
  • Possibly even age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

According to MD News, studies have shown that the health consequences of having “abdominal obesity”, defined by waist size greater than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, can be compared to smoking one pack of cigarettes per day. This does not necessarily reflect obese or morbidly obese individuals. Even people of normal weight who have an enlarged abdomen can suffer the same risks.

There are two forms of abdominal fat: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous Fat

Subcutaneous fat is directly under your skin, and you can pinch it. It stores energy in fat cells throughout the body and is necessary to protect and insulate the body. In addition, subcutaneous fat cushions the bones and muscles.

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is found internally in the abdomen and poses more serious health consequences. Also known as organ fat, it is medically defined as internal fat that wraps around kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, and streaks through muscles. Although it can help protect the organs, too much can increase your chances of developing serious health consequences.

According to author Dr. Terry Maguire, visceral fat is thought to increase serious health consequences, because it is related to the release of proteins and hormones that can cause inflammation. The inflammation can damage arteries, enter the liver, and harm the body’s ability to breakdown fats and sugars. Fat cells in the abdomen are constantly producing substances that get into the blood and travel to other parts of the body. Visceral fat can produce more changes in blood sugar, cholesterol, inflammation, and blood pressure.

Men are most likely to have visceral fat due to their sex hormones, but women will be exposed to this same risk when they reach menopause and their estrogen levels decline.

What can increase the likelihood of visceral fat?

  • Weight
  • Genes
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Lack of exercise
  • Food choices

Some of the worst foods that increase visceral fat:

  • French fries
  • Sugar sweetened drinks
  • Potato chips
  • Trans & saturated fats
  • Fructose sweetened beverages and foods
  • Alcohol
  • Junk food & starch food

Also, some studies have shown that eating genetically modified foods can contribute not only to obesity but also to visceral fat.

What can be done to get rid of visceral fat?

  • Lose weight
  • Choose a balanced diet to reach and keep a healthy weight
  • Increase soluble fiber intake
  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise:
    • Aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling
    • Anaerobic exercise such as weight and resistance training

A common myth is that spot exercises like sit-ups and crunches will reduce belly fat. While those exercises will help strengthen the stomach and surrounding muscles, they will do very little to reduce the visceral fat in that area. Sticking to a balanced exercise routine, a healthy diet, and routines to minimize your stress and help you sleep better will help keep the belly fat to a minimum.

So… a longer life, a better quality of living, and a better image for the trucking industry. A 50% increase in your risk of death alone should scare you into taking better care! At the very least, it will help you get up and out of the truck cab with more ease.

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