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January 7, 2010 – Vol. 4 • No. 5
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A Closer Look

Abdominal obesity, or visceral fat – weight centered at and above the waist – poses a threat to a person’s health. Visceral fat lies between and around the organs in the abdominal cavity, such as the liver, kidney and intestines. For reasons not fully understood, it has been found that visceral fat is metabolically active and releases a variety of enzymes and hormones into the bloodstream, most of which are harmful. Visceral fat increases the risk of many complications associated with obesity.