The Pot belly Syndrome

Man and Pot belly

The man, the pot belly… these two phenomenal occurrence have such in a way lived Siamese life with latter being a negative impact on the former. Let’s be a little bit simplistic for the purpose of didactism and not lexiconism if such word does exist. The pot belly is defined as central obesity literally abdominal obesity.

The man is a fat consuming being would in course of his life time adquire the pot belly as a sign of good living. However it is an established fact that the pot belly offers no sign of good living rather than sign of non communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipideamia, cardiovascular diseases etc.

The essence of this painstakingly write up is to bring to our notice the danger of our modern lifestyle which has resulted into abdominal obesity the so-called Pot belly and the consequences attached to it. It is of a great fallacious fact to believe that the pot belly is a sign of good health.

Social lifestyle

It is believed that at any gathering involving the elite celebrating such occasion with alcohol is unique to the function. And as such the amount of expensive alcoholic beverages consumed is an indicator to the power and how influential is that gathering. Hitherto, there is no exception to this stereotypical belief even though the Islamic gathering totally disagree to such practice.

Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with little or no physical activity. A person living a sedentary lifestyle is often sitting or lyingdown while engaged in an activity like reading, socializing, watching television, playing video games, or using a mobile phone/computer for much of the day. A sedentary lifestyle can potentially contribute to ill health and many preventable causes of death.

One the greatest inventions by man that has contributed to his ill health is that four legged object called Chair. This is as a result of sitting down in most of his daily activities in order to be comfortable however the outcome is nothing else but a way to Sedentarism. The man wakes up in his bedroom from lying down to sitting down. Most activities done at home is done sitting; watching TV, playing indoor games,eating and most especially he consumes most calories in his food such as fast food (junks) from eateries.

These junks food have contributed immensely to the pot belly phenomenon. In fact most a times all these routines are done in combination with alcohol consumption. He drives to office while sitting and unfortunately working in the office still sitting. Approximately 90 percent of his daily activities are done sitting and lying down. This is nothing else rather than sedentary lifestyle which has substantially contributed to the Pot belly phenomenon; one the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases which have been already listed above.

Complications of Abdominal Obesity

Abdominal obesity, also known as central obesity, occurs when excessive abdominal fat around the stomach and abdomen has built up to the extent that it is likely to have a negative impact on health. There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease. Abdominal obesity is not confined only to the elderly and obese subjects. Abdominal obesity has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

Central obesity synonyms beer belly, beer gut, pot belly, spare tyre, bread box centrally obese male. Weight 182 kg/400 lbs, height 185 cm/6 ft 1 in. The body mass index cut-points of 30 are used to classify adults as obese.

Visceral and central abdominal fat and waist circumference show a strong association with type 2 diabetes.

Visceral fat, also known as organ fat or intra-abdominal fat, is located inside the peritoneal cavity, packed in between internal organs and torso, as opposed to subcutaneous fat, which is found underneath the skin, and intramuscular fat, which is found interspersed in skeletal muscle. Visceral fat is composed of several adipose depots including mesenteric, epididymal white adipose tissue (EWAT) and perirenal fat. An excess of visceral fat is known as central obesity, the “pot belly” or “beer belly” effect, in which the abdomen protrudes excessively. This body type is also known as “apple shaped”, as opposed to “pear shaped”, in which fat is deposited on the hips and buttocks.

An excess of visceral fat is known as central obesity, the “pot belly” or “beer belly” effect, in which the abdomen protrudes excessively.

Researchers first started to focus on abdominal obesity in the 1980s when they realized it had an important connection to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. Abdominal obesity was more closely related with metabolic dysfunctions connected with cardiovascular disease than was general obesity.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s insightful and powerful imaging techniques were discovered that would further help advance the understanding of the health risks associated with body fat accumulation. Techniques such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging made it possible to categorize mass of adipose tissue located at the abdominal level into intra-abdominal fat and subcutaneous fat.


Recent statistics shows that the Noncommunicable diseases are among the major killing diseases in both developed and developing world. And it is obvious that one the major risk factors contributing to these killer and preventable diseases is the pot belly. The pot belly on its own is a result of negative lifestyle enjoyed by man. The man on his quest to make life more comfortable has ended up with a sedentary lifestyle thereby creating for more problems than solutions to his health. The Pot belly-man phenomena is a sarcastic phrase coined in order to draw our attention to the health risk, we indulge ourselves while trying to enjoy ourselves.There is therefore the need to sensitise the populace of the menace of pot belly phenomenon and the risk of non communicable diseases associated with it. Hence, one should reduce the amount of calories consumed and the time spent sitting down. More physical exercise to be done on daily basis.

The Pot belly Syndrome was written by our foremost Dr LB Basaru. You can follow him on Social media

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