They can prove fatal and they are likely to be deadly.

Although belly fat is often portrayed as cute, think St. Nick or Instagram-driven admiration for Matt Damon’s “dad body” — there are more dangerous agents that can affect your health. Visceral fat is also known as belly fat. It’s not just an aesthetic problem. It can be dangerous for your health and could prove fatal. Continue reading to learn more. To ensure your health, and that of others, these are the Sure Signs That You Have Long-Term COVID.

1 What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat is not like subcutaneous fat, which is the jiggly under skin fat that you can grab and pinch. Visceral fat surrounds organs deep in the abdomen like the liver, stomach, and intestines. You have a greater chance of developing certain health problems if you have more visceral fat.

2 Why is belly fat dangerous?

Scientists believe the abdomen is a dangerous place to store fat. Visceral fat can increase body inflammation and may be dangerously close to vital organs such as the liver and heart.

Harvard Medical School says that research suggests that fat cells, particularly abdominal fat cells, are biologically active. “Fat is an endocrine gland or organ that produces hormones and other substances that can have a profound impact on our health. It’s appropriate to consider fat this way.”

3 Side Effects of Too Much Belly Fat

According to the Cleveland Clinic excess visceral fat can increase your risk of developing serious metabolic disorders such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

It’s possible that you have already concluded that excess fat is bad for your health, heart, and liver. You may not be aware that excess belly fat can increase your risk of developing several types of cancer. According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center this means that there are several types of cancers.

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • After menopause, breast cancer
  • Uterine cancer

4 How much belly fat is too much?

Although you may be technically at a healthy body weight and BMI (body Mass Index), your waistline can still put you at increased cancer risk. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, even people with a healthy BMI could be at greater risk if they have excessive visceral fat.

The AICR states that a 31.5 inch or greater waistline indicates a higher risk of developing cancer. A high waistline for men is 37 inches or greater.

5 Ways to Reduce Belly Fat

Simply put, exercise. “Exercise seems like a good way to lose belly fat, in particular because it lowers the circulating levels insulin, which would otherwise signal the body that it should store fat, and causes the liver to use up fat acids, particularly those near visceral fat deposits,” Kerry Stewart, Ed.D. director of clinical research physiology at Johns Hopkins.

While a healthy diet is essential, it won’t help to reduce belly fat. Experts such as the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association recommend that you aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (such as walking, dancing, gardening, or brisk walking) and 75 minutes of vigorous activity (such running, cycling, swimming, or cycling) each week.