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Is panniculus considered obesity?

By July 17, 2014 - 10:25pm
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I went to the doctor the other day and he diagnosed me with panniculus. The name sounds really fancy, but it's basically a layer of fat in your lower stomach region. Am I considered obese if I have panniculus?

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Hello Kelly,

Panniculus, specifically abdominal panniculus, is a layer of fat tissue present in the lower abdominal region. It is seen in individuals who are obese, in women following pregnancy, or following a significant weight loss.

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.


July 23, 2014 - 5:34pm
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