The Medical Condition That Might Be Causing Your Weight Gain: Lipedema

Fashion / Featured / Health / July 12, 2017

We’ve come to a point in society where people believe that all plus size people are “obese” because they sit around and eat and just don’t care about our health.  Some people face many health issues that cause them to be overweight.  One reason for weight gain that not many are aware even exists is Lipedema.  Lipedema is a chronically progressive affliction and occurs almost exclusively in women. Lipedema is an accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous tissues that affects the lower limbs from the buttocks to the ankles.



Lipedema happens when fat is distributed in an irregular way beneath the skin. There is no known cause as to why this happens.  It usually takes place in the buttocks area and the legs.  It can start off as a cosmetic “issue” but eventually can cause a lot of pain and many other problems.  Lipedema can be mistaken for regular obesity; this condition has been known to affect people of “normal” size.  But, it’s actually nowhere related to obesity.

Uncheck Lipedema can lead to a condition called Lymphoedema.  This is when fluid retention happens in the affected legs.  The difference between the Lipedema and Lymphoedema is that Lipedema doesn’t take place in the feet, only the legs and ankles. Lymphoedema is the swelling in the feet.

Lipedema mostly happens at the start of puberty or during times of hormonal change; for example, pregnancy or menopause.  There are treatment options for Lipedema that are surgical and non-surgical treatments.  Liposuction helps and appears to be the only effective surgical treatment that can do anything.  Liposuction will help in reducing the build-up of the fatty tissues.  The exact term is tumescent liposuction.  The procedure involves injecting a liquid solution into the legs that will help numb the area and help reduce the blood loss. Next the unwanted fat is sucked out through a tube.  The procedure can be very effective, but several operations are most likely needed to remove the fat from the parts of the body.

Non-surgical treatments help with improving the pain and the tenderness. They aid in preventing or reducing lymphedema and improve on the shape of the affected are limbs. But, the treatments might have little effect on the fatty tissues.


Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Compression therapy- this is when you use bandages or garments to squeeze the limbs that’s affected.
  • Exercise- this will be exercises that are low-impact; for example, swimming
  • Massage-you would want to use techniques that will help encourage the flow of fluid through your body.

Treatments that DO NOT work for Lipedema.

  • diuretics (tablets to get rid of excess fluid)
  • dieting – this tends to result in a loss of fat from areas not affected by the lipoedema, with little effect on the affected areas
  • raising the legs

Symptoms of Lipedema.

  • Excess weight on your legs
  • Heaviness and discomfort of the legs
  • Your upper body and lower body are completely different sizes making clothes shopping very difficult
  • You have a small waist, but large hips and thighs
  • Your excess weight does not include your feet or hands
  • You can lose weight from your upper body but not your lower
  • Your lower body bruises easily
  • feel soft, ‘doughy’ and cold
  • be tender to touch
  • have small broken veins under the skin


Are you or do you know anyone that suffers from Lipedema?  Tell us below in the comments…


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