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Why does my stomach stick out?

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The stomach sticks out following the accumulation of visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat), which is located within the peritoneal cavity. It is packed between the torso and internal organs, according to Princeton University.

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Why does my stomach stick out?
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The condition is medically described as central obesity and colloquially referred to as a pot belly or a beer belly. Adipose depots, such as epididymal white adipose tissue and perirenal fat, are contained in visceral fat.

According to Harvard Medical School, scientists have discovered that visceral fats produce cytokines, which boost the likelihood of developing heart complications by enhancing insulin resistance and small levels of chronic inflammation. The substances can have an adverse effect on blood pressure and blood clotting.

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