Fat. Where it is. What it means.
look the same. Age, gender, height and weight. But Are They?
because people appear to be the same doesn't mean they are
equally healthy. Where body fat is located can place a person
at far greater risk for Fat-related conditions such as cardiovascular
diseases,stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and even certain
kinds of cancers.
MRI images below show a cross section of two mens' bodies
at the waist. The white areas represent skeletal mass and
organs, the black areas are fat. Both men have approximately
the same percentage of body fat.
Fat % = 31.2
Internal Fat Area = 73.8cm2
Skin Fold Fat Area = 239.5cm2
V/S Ratio = 0.31
Fat % = 29.3
Internal Fat Area = 205.8cm2
Skin Fold Fat Area = 181.5cm2
V/S Ratio = 1.13
you can see from the white area in Figure 1, Man A's skeletal
frame is condensed and his fat is located mainly around the
outside of his body just under the skin. This fat is easily
discernible by pinching the flesh and makes him appear more
Figure 2, Man B's skeletal frame is broader and there are
large black fat deposits throughout his body cavity. This
inner fat is completely invisible to the naked eye and usually
goes undetected, yet is far more dangerous because it surrounds
the vital internal organs.