The word “fat” seems to appear everywhere. Whether it be in ads for “fat free” foods or as a primary food group for Keto diets and, there are good fats and bad fats. What we don’t hear often enough are discussions about visceral fat and the health risks of carrying too much of this type of fat on our bodies. Your body stores two types of fat; “Subcutaneous” fat is the fat that we store just under our skin. The fat we may be able to feel on our arms and legs is subcutaneous fat. Stored below this type of fat is “Visceral” fat. This type of body fat tends to be stored in and around the abdominal cavity. An access of visceral fat is what can lead to health risk due to its proximity to your vital organs such as the pancreas, liver, and intestines. Carrying a high amount of this visceral type of fat can be the root cause of many health-related illnesses. It can expose you to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, types of breast or colon cancer, problems with hormonal functions and inflammatory diseases. It can be hard to tell how much visceral fat you are carrying without a detailed MRI scan but a good at-home way to check is through a waistline measurement and general guideline that about 10% of your total body fat is likely to be stored as visceral fat. Therefore, the higher amount of total body fat you are carrying, the more likely you are also carrying more visceral fat. A protruding belly is a good first indicator.