Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Causes Intestinal Obesity?

Friday, 16 Jul 2010 01:00 PM

Question: I'm concerned about my husband, whose stomach has gotten huge due to sloppy eating habits and an incredibly sedentary lifestyle. We're working on those. However, what concerns me is that this isn't just a beer gut—the lower area where the intestines are is also huge. He looks like a balloon with a belt. Is there something besides just a big stomach that would cause intestinal area obesity?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Intestinal obesity is not caused by an enlarged stomach. It is actually formed from excessive collections of fat in the abdominal wall as well as in the area that connects to the small and large intestines. Abdominal obesity is associated with an increased risk of cardiac and stroke, as well as premature death and diabetes. It would be prudent to have him examined to be sure his enlarging gut is not associated with any subtle bowel obstruction, physical de-conditioning, hernia, liver condition, fluid in the peritoneal cavity, or associated with infection, obstruction, or undetected tumor.

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