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 November 20, 2016. Accessed February 23, 2017.
Obesity in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115153/Obesity-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated January 30, 2017. Accessed February 23, 2017.
Signs, symptoms, and complications.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/signs. Updated February 23, 2017. Accessed February 23, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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