Types of Excess Body Fat


When you hear the phrase “excess body fat”, what comes to your mind? You may think of fat in terms of the part of the body where it is, for example, belly fat, but this is just the physical manifestation of this body fat.

There are different types of excess body fat which has been established by many studies. In fact, much research has shown an array of distinctly colored fats and this range from reddish brown to beige. There are even some clinical trials that described fat as resembling light peanut butter. However, the scientific classification is based on the unique molecular properties and health implication of excess body fat.

Find below the different types of body fat:

Brown Fat


Brown fat, also called brown adipose tissue (BAT), is found at the chest areas and in the back of the neck. Scientific studies have shown that lean people carry more of this fat and when it is stimulated it can burn calories.

As a matter of fact, the brown fat is responsible for your core fat temperature, and when you expose yourself to cold temperature, it stimulates the transformation of white fat into brown fat.

White Subcutaneous Fat


This type of fat is commonly seen around the thigh, hip, and tummy area. It is usually formed when your metabolism slows down due to excess of white fat (and subsequently adiponectin secretion). The subcutaneous fat helps to keep your blood sugar stable and keep fat stores in check.

Beige Fat


The beige fat is found along the collarbone and spine. It is a combination of brown and white fat, and some foods like grapes can help with this “browning process.

Visceral Fat


This fat is very dangerous and it is found majorly around abdominal organs. It can cause “big belly” and in some severe cases, enlarged liver- as a result of blood being dumped during drainage from the visceral fat around the liver. This fat can cause an increase in your overall blood cholesterol and inflammatory chemicals which may lead to cancer, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Subcutaneous Fat (SF)


Subcutaneous fat is located just beneath the skin, and it is majorly used to find out body fat percentage. It can be found all around the body, especially on the thighs, bums, and back of arms.

This fat produces estrogen in both males and female, and when in excess, it can become your dominant hormone causing weight gain. This can increase your risk of CVD disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes.

Examples of Excess Body Fat


Lower Body Fat


This type of excess body fat is often seen in the thigh region and can make your thighs a bit more

voluptuous than you may desire. It can give you a pear-shaped body, and this can be horrifying and upsetting as you may not be able to fit into skinny jeans and skimpy shorts.

The lower body fat is so damn stubborn making your thighs one of the harder areas to trim fat from. This is a big pain for a lot of women.

Lower Abdomen Fats


This type of fat is commonly seen among ladies and it is characterized by the bigger tummy. This fat forms deep within your abdominal cavity, between organs, triggering chronic inflammation and causing an increase in your risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

Full Upper Body Fat


This type of excess body fat is commonly seen around the chest, arms, back, and stomach region. When in excess, it can make you look shapeless in clothes, and cause you to be self-conscious. Studies have shown that the full upper body fat can put you at risk of developing heart diseases and metabolic disorders.

Large Stomach with Upper Back


This type of fat refers to the accumulation of visceral fat in the upper abdominal region. It often leads to an increase in your waist circumference as well as cause a protruded stomach. This can be embarrassing as it often makes you feel embarrassed to wear your favorite backless dress.


Lower Back Fat, Including Lower Legs


This type of fat is common among women and it is characterized by swollen legs and upper back, especially during pregnancy or if you have leg vein problems. Majority of this fat is subcutaneous and it poses fewer long-term health concerns.