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A 30-year-old member asked:

are women more prone to abdominal obesity?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
No.: Women tend toward the "pear shape" rather than the "apple shape" which is more common in men. Good for them, that's a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease. But not by much, fat is bad no matter where you store it!
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Only on obesity: metabolic syndrome and weight distribution associated with it is pretty common in both genders but a bit more in men. On the other hand, women are smaller and are supposed to have a higher body fat percentage. Fat percent.. definitley women. Obesity... maybe slightly women...but varies in culture/location and abdominal slightly male.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

At what waist size is a female considered to have abdominal obesity?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Obesity: Typically a woman is considered obese at waist size greater than 36, a man at waist size>40.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Females and abdominal obesity a very bad omen?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes.: Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer...The list goes on. All are much more common in fat women, especially those with centripetal obesity! so losing weight is paramount. Think about this: do you know any fat 90 year olds? Me niether.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What waist measurement in a female considered to have abdominal obesity?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Not waist, BMI.: Bmi is the answer. There are many calculators online; the number that is "too fat" is over 25.

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