metabolic syndrome which is itself associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, chronic inflammation and many other health problems.
Waist to hip ratio is the key to answering this question. You can use the box to the right to help you check.
Here is the generally accepted interpretation of waist to hip ratio:
If you are female and your waist to hip ratio is higher than 0.85 (0.9 for men), then you have excessive visceral fat and probably face excessive risk for its complications (see above). If your ratio falls well below these numbers, you are likely much healthier.
The simple answer is, of course, "lose weight". Except, as I have argued on this website so many times, there is nothing simple about that. But weight loss is really the only solution.
The truth is that we don't really know. But this much IS understood: even though visceral fat LOOKS the same (grossly and under the microscope) it is not at all the same tissue as other types of fat. There is something "different" about visceral fat that makes it more dangerous.