Lower Body Obesity is when fat accumulates excessively in the lower half of your body including thighs, calves, and buttocks.

There are many causes of lower body obesity, such as higher estrogen levels, poor posture, and edema.

But did you know that lower body obesity might be due to your genes?

PCSK5 is a gene associated with lower body obesity. People with excessive fat tissues in their lower parts of the body tend to have more genetic variants on this particular gene.

However, genetics is not the only factor.

You can be fit and live a healthy life by changing your lifestyle and being active.

Wide squats

  1. Stand up with your feet slightly wider than your shoulder width, your toes facing outward. You might damage your hip joints if you place your feet parallel to each other.
  2. Bend your knees and sit your hips back. Your weight should be centered on the soles of your feet while you sit back.
  3. When you stand back up, use your muscles on your buttocks and try not to use your knees.
  4. Repeat 15~20 times per one set. You can gradually increase the repetition.

Foods that increase blood flow

Sweet potatoes · Pumpkins · Seaweed

Excessive amount of fat tissues in your lower body may lead to poor circulation.

Seaweed is rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, and iodine, and also has a high fiber content.

Corns, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and bananas are good for blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Leg massages

  1. Sit down on the floor with one of your legs up like the illustration above, and roll a massage roller on your Achilles tendon. Do the same to your other leg.
  2. Gently roll a massage roller underneath your knee. Do the same to your other leg.

Lower body obesity is not entirely dependent on genetics, and can occur due to environmental factors. Clean eating and keeping yourself physically active can improve your fitness.

Genetic analysis reports on lower body obesity is provided in Genoplan's genetic testing services.