Fat deposited around the abdominal region puts more strain on the heart. We are not designed to have body fat around that region of our body. For men in particular, it is a big concern. Women having tummy fat is an issue as well, but our bodies are designed to cope with it a little bit better just because of the whole pregnancy systems that our bodies have to deal with for 9 months. For both males and females, it is highly undesirable because it does put more strain on your heart. You are constricting flow in that region. Having body fat in the hips and the bottom region is like a storage area. For women, it is actually good to have a little bit of fat down there because it aids in the childbirth process.
Ideally you should be keeping body fat to a reasonable amount. A healthy range is roughly about 25% for girls and thereabouts for guys as well. If you do a waist-to-hip ratio calculation it will establish whether you are at a high risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. It is based on biochemical studies that have been done which show an elevated blood lipid profile in individuals, or in body shape. If they have got more around the abdomen tummy area it increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and/or Type 2 diabetes or associated conditions because of the elevated lipid profile. It is all based on biochemistry. Studies that have shown that blood lipid profiles that are not ideal in individuals who have the apple-shape versus the pear-shape for example.
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