The main problem with a beer belly is that it fat – the so-called visceral fat surrounds the organs and thus leads to adverse health effects.
When doctors talk about beer belly, I mean not just excess weight. In the case of beer belly fat distributed in the abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs there, so in the end, the liver, intestines and even the heart can be covered in thick layers of fat. The internal or visceral fat has a very negative impact on health: it is associated with the development of diabetes, fatty liver, atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke, as well as chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, asthma, dementia and cancer.
How to understand whether you have a beer belly. BMI’s (body mass index) is not suitable for the definition of a beer belly, because it does not specify exactly where accumulated excess fat. The best way is to measure waist. If the waist circumference exceeds 94 cm in men and 80 cm in women is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including stroke, and type 2 diabetes.