Wiki calls Pot Belly as Abdominal Obesity and defines it as “colloquially known as belly fat or clinically as central obesity, is the accumulation of visceral fat resulting in an increase in waist size. 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 depots. 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” shape, in which fat is deposited on the hips and buttocks”.
Indian male is more prone to this phenomenon of pot belly even more if he is a Bengali. Actually Bhuri(pot belly) is synonymous with the bengalis. And why should it not be as you see we like to have Bhuri Bhoj (Grand meal) for any occasion small or big. Its also true that the Bengalis have most affinity for anything sweet(remember we invented the ‘Rosogolla’) adds to a Bengali’s bhuri(pot belly).
Another class of Indians famous for Pot belly is the Indian Cop and this is pan India feature. You can spot them manning the outposts or doing a “VIP” duty with huge belly , U see them at traffic signals everywhere. What to do they need some place to store those calories(read bribe) they acquire in the line of duty.
The latest class to join the Pot Bellied bandwagon is the senior software professionals. You walk into any software company you’ll see managers or seniors moving around with a belly. Actually its a sign of their prosperity, what will they with those astronomical amounts they take home yet recession and global meltdown seems to have a little effect on that front.
Partly the credit goes to the Indian moms as well because they don’t see the pot belly of their children and dare you say any word you’ll be scorned for hell and the child will pe put through a series of “Nazar utaro” measures (ward off the evil eye).
Actually pot belly is very much part of our mythology look at our God of Prosperity, Lord Ganesh, incidentaly he loves laddoos(a calorie laden sweet).
Hence yours truly being a Bengali software professional how could he escape. With 88 Kgs on board (well the scale was trying for more but finally felt shy and settled for 88) is well on the way to fulfill the tradition which is deep rooted in his genes(except my dad rest of my lineage sported one).
Some Interesting links :
Say Bye Bye To Pot Belly in 12 Hours — OMG !!!
Flatten Your Pot Belly Workout Video
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