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The onset of obesity is usually gradual. Symptoms include:

  • Increased weight
  • Thickness around the midsection
  • Obvious areas of fat deposits

It’s important to remember that fat deposited in your midsection is as much of a health risk as increasing total body weight. If you are developing a thick midsection even though your weight is not going up, you may be losing muscle mass from disuse along with dangerous fat accumulation in your abdomen. This may place you at increased risk for heart disease.


Obesity. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: Update November 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013.

Obesity in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

Obesity in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

Last reviewed March 2016 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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