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A CLOSER LOOK — visceral fat

Karen Miller | 10/10/2013, 6 a.m.
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Abdominal, or visceral, fat — weight centered at and above the waist — poses a threat to a person’s health.

Unlike the fat that you can grasp with your hand, visceral fat lies out of reach and surrounds the organs in the abdominal cavity, such as the liver, kidney and intestines. It has been found that this type of fat is metabolically active and increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, all of which are also associated with obesity.

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