A member asked:

Are women more prone to abdominal obesity?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

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!

Answered 3/12/2015


Dr. Matt Wachsman answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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.

Answered 8/24/2016



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