All fat is not the same

Typically when people gain weight from regular fat, they gain a kind of fat that is soft and doughy and sits just under the skin.

Hard Belly is a different kind of fat and it can have many different names, such as excess hard abdominal fat, hard belly fat, lipodystrophy, visceral adipose tissue, visceral adiposity, etc. But no matter what it’s called, Hard Belly is not regular fat.

Hard belly fat is a type of fat that lies deeper, mostly within the abdominal (stomach) area. This type of fat may also be associated with fat buildup in and around other organs.

Take a Deeper Look

This short video illustrates why it may be important to recognize and manage Hard Belly.

Hard Belly is a hard fat – in more ways than one

  • Feels firmer compared with regular fat
  • May be difficult to recognize during a routine exam with your healthcare provider
  • May make it hard to perform certain physical activities and can reduce your quality of life
  • May be hard on your health
  • Can be tough to reduce with exercise and a healthy diet alone

When HIV is under control, you can focus on healthy aging and managing issues that may get in the way. For many people who are treated for HIV, Hard Belly may be one of those issues.

Your healthcare provider can check if Hard Belly may be a problem for you.

Get the Facts about Hard Belly

Look Deeper

Why is Hard Belly important?