Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
The onset of
is usually gradual. Symptoms include:
It’s important to remember that fat deposited in your midsection is as much of a health risk as increasing total body weight. If you are developing a thick midsection even though your weight is not going up, you may be losing muscle mass from disuse along with dangerous fat accumulation in your abdomen.
This may place you at increased risk for heart disease.
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http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115009/Obesity-in-adults. Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Obesity in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115153/Obesity-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Last reviewed March 2016 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD
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