When does visceral fat become critical for women and men?
The amount of unhealthy abdominal fat can be determined by the circumference of the abdomen. To do this, a tape measure is placed around the middle of the body just above the iliac crest. There is an increased risk of metabolic diseases from a waist circumference of more than 80cm in women. For men, the limit is 94cm. Detailed instructions on how to measure abdominal circumference can be found on our blog.
The general body shape can also reveal a lot about increased risk. While body fat in women is mainly stored on the thighs and buttocks, the fat deposits in men accumulate mainly on the abdomen. The female so-called "pear shape" poses fewer health risks than the male "apple shape". Nevertheless, men and women should, of course, pay equal attention to their health.
From menopause onwards, women are also increasingly prone exhibit the "apple shape". This is due to the hormonal changes in this phase of life, which also make it difficult to lose weight. Find out here how Almased can help you, especially during the menopause!