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What Is Body Fat?
The scientific name for body fat is “adipose tissue.” Adipose tissue serves a number of important functions. It’s primary purpose is to store lipids from which the body creates energy. It also secretes a number of important hormones.
Having an excess of body fat leads to the condition of obesity, and that can be unhealthy. Some people are more genetically predisposed to excess body fat, and others build it up from lack of exercise and bad diets.
But body fat stored in the abdominal region can be reduced by diet and exercise. Women and men store body fat differently – after the age of 40, or after menopause in the case of women, reduced sexual hormones can lead to excess body fat around the stomach in men, and around the buttocks and thighs in women.