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Body fat – technically known as ‘adipose tissue’ – is made up fat cells or ‘adipocytes’. Their chief role is to store energy in the form of fat, which we get from our diet. Body fat has many other life sustaining actions. Like other tissues and organs, body fat is supplied with a network of blood vessels and nerves to enable it to work properly.
The key body fat storage depots are distributed directly under the skin (subcutaneous fat), deeper in the body around the stomach, kidneys and liver (visceral or abdominal fat), and in the breast. The size of these fat depots differs with age and between the sexes: typically women store more fat than men and have more subcutaneous rather than abdominal fat. In other words women are more likely to be pear-shaped than apple shaped..
Body fat isn’t just a useless lump of stored fat. It cushions and protects vital organs such as the liver, kidneys and heart, and helps our body to stay at the right temperature. It produces hormones and many other chemical messengers that are important for fertility (we need a certain amount of fat on our hips and thighs to stay in tip-top reproductive shape), bone strength, immunity, regulation of sugar and fats in the blood, and appetite control.
However, there excess pockets of ft that can make individuals feel uncomfortable & wish to have it reduced or removed.