Lipedema “the Goddess figure”
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema, often referred to as painful fat syndrome, is a little known but relatively common chronic fat disorder that is often mistaken for simple obesity or lymphedema. It is characterized by symmetric enlargement of the legs as fat is distributed in an irregular way beneath the skin, resulting in disproportion of upper and lower body. The buttocks, hips and arms can all be affected. The loose connective tissue looks like cellulite and feels soft. Lipedema almost exclusively occurs in women and the cause is unknown however there is evidence of hormonal and hereditary influences. It is a progressive disease with four stages.
Symptoms of Lipedema
The typical symptoms are excess weight on your legs, not including ankles or feet, which are often tender and bruise easily, as well as painful knees. With disease progression, fat continues to build up and over time, fat cells block the vessels of your lymphatic system which prevents proper drainage of lymph fluid thus leading to build-up of fluid called lymphedema.
Lipedema is relatively unresponsive to diet and exercise as fat cells stay despite the weight loss. This weight loss may be noticeable in other areas of the body but the size of the hips and legs remains disproportionately large.