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Is All Body Fat The Same?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Social Security no longer finds people disabled on the basis of obesity alone. Now, they consider the effect of obesity on other severe medical problems. It is no secret that Americans tend to be overweight. Thus, obesity plays a role in most Social Security disability cases. But, is all extra weight equally harmful?

The Tale Of The Tape

A story in the New York Times examined some recent studies on obesity that showed surprising results. First, the bad news. As you might have already guessed, extra weight in and around the belly is very bad. This type of fat, called visceral fat, is found in the abdomen and around the internal organs. One quick way to

Waist Not

assess this is your waist size. Each four-inch increase in waist size enhances the risk of premature death. Visceral fat is associated with such diseases as diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer, and heart disease.

It's Good To Be Hip

Now the good news. Extra fat around your thighs and hips is actually good for you. For example, a two-inch increase in the size of your thighs indicates an 18% decrease in your risk of very bad things. Add four inches of fat to your hips and you

Much Better

are 10% more likely to outlive your critics. This fat is called subcutaneous and it is the kind you want.

Sadly, there is no way to eliminate some fat and not others. So-called "spot reducing" is nonsense. That said, you can assess your overall health risks if you are obese by determining where you are carrying the extra weight. If You have a too-large waist and too-small thighs, for example, you know you have work to do. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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