Most of the 21st-century women are worried about their belly fat but, how much do we know about it?
On a general note, there are two types of belly fat- subcutaneous and visceral belly fat.
The subcutaneous one is the type that we can easily see because it is fat that is stored just below the skin. Everyone has it and it plays a vital role such as insulation, storing energy, etc. It, however, becomes a problem when it is in excess and you are beginning to notice the abdominal bulge. 
You know it is in excess when you check out your body mass index (BMI), that is, the ratio of your weight to your height. 
People who usually develop excess subcutaneous fat are those who lead sedentary lifestyles, get little aerobic activity, have diabetes or eat more calories than they burn. You should care about subcutaneous fat because it puts you at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, etc.
However, it is not the one you should be more worried about. It can easily be lost through proper diet and an appropriate amount of physical activity.
Visceral belly fat, on the other hand, is what you should concern you more. It is fat that forms around organs like the kidneys, heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, and liver. It is not as externally visible as subcutaneous belly fat but those with the latter are more prone to visceral belly fat. It can only be diagnosed with a CT or MRI scan.
On your own, you may measure your waist. Studies show that women whose waist size is over 35 inches or men with over 40 inches are at greater risk.
Just like subcutaneous belly fat, it can lead to type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer. In addition, it can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. 
With serious lifestyle and dietary changes though, you can combat visceral fat. So, get to work!

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