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Weird fat around bellybutton that won't go away

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Maybe this is just because I'm female, but I notice there is some annoying belly button fat that won't go away. Most people would say I have a flat stomach (my waist is either 24 or 25 inches depending on waiter weight, and I am pretty thin elsewhere), but I'm irritated by the fact that if I try, I can pinch an inch of fat around my bellybutton- however, I don't have that same fat-pinching ability on my low-low tummy area (uterus area) or ribcage area. That's why it's so odd to me!

I try to eat paleo, but I occasionally cheat when my office orders lunch for me and there's no paleo option. I do drink wine, but I don't drink beer and I try to keep my drinking very limited. I drink green tea, but maybe that's the problem?

Could it also be cortisol? I have anxiety problems and am basically always in a state of stress, but my body is still pear-shaped, not apple-shaped, and as I said, I only have this fat around the belly button, not the entire abdomen. What's going on?!?!

I'm on birth control, but I don't think it's going to be possible for me to go off it, given personal reasons. Is it caused by the birth control? I've been on the pill longer than I've had this fat.

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on September 07, 2013
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A great answer @Maria. The OP is looking at her body way too closely with too much scrutiny if a little pinch near her bellybutton is giving her a problem. Total 1st World Problem.

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on June 25, 2013
at 09:25 PM

That fat is a sign that you're healthy! It means that your body is at a healthy weight and has enough resources to reproduce safely. If you don't have it, it's a sign that you're very very sick and need to go see a doctor (this is why anorexics lose their period and many become infertile for life, because they diet down to losing that USEFUL, ESSENTIAL, GOOD fat). Just because it gets photoshopped out of cover models doesn't mean it's bad or not natural! Please don't try to get rid of it; it is supposed to be there and you should be glad to see it.

I'm sorry if I sound a little strident; I'm just really alarmed when I see women worrying that their normal healthy bodies as if there were something wrong with not looking malnourished.

Further reading: http://gibneyonfood.blogspot.com/2012/02/female-fat-and-fertility.html

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

A great answer @Maria. The OP is looking at her body way too closely with too much scrutiny if a little pinch near her bellybutton is giving her a problem. Total 1st World Problem.

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on June 26, 2013
at 01:17 AM

My sense is that this is a pretty natural thing that happens as women age a bit. At 37 have a little more fat around my abdomen now than I did in my 20s, even at the same weight.
However, I also have ridic cortisol levels, so maybe it's that....

But just a reminder of what photoshopping looks like: http://www.beautyredefined.net/photoshop-phoniness-hall-of-shame/

And a a reminder of what real women's bodies look like: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/a-beautiful-body-book-project-jade-beall-photos_n_3467178.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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on June 26, 2013
at 02:45 PM

learn to love it lady! just remember that little fat might be the difference between your ability to conceive, if you ever so choose to, once youre off of birth control. you need a little bit of fat to help signal to your endocrine system that all is well, food is a plenty and to go on ahead producing those hormones that help to keep you healthy.

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on June 26, 2013
at 12:48 AM

It very well may be caused by birth control. I used to be on bc, and I had no end of trouble losing fat in those stubborn areas. I always had a pooch and soft thighs. I was also rather pear-shaped. I had a hard time gaining muscle even though I worked out regularly and ate paleo. Once I went off the pill, my hips and thighs got much smaller, and I began to see muscle gains in my shoulders, arms, and abs. All that extra estrogen from the pills is catastrophic for the figure. I would suggest looking into non-hormonal birth control methods like a copper IUD.

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on July 03, 2013
at 10:38 PM

If I were you I wouldn't worry about it. That's not so important. Just love yourself, that's all. Everyone has the same "problem" as you.

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