Trunk obesity

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Trunk obesity
Classification according to ICD-10
E66.9 Obesity, unspecified
ICD-10 online (WHO version 2019)

The term trunk obesity describes the tendency for fat to be stored on the trunk ( abdomen ). This corresponds to the so-called male type of fat distribution.

In contrast to the female type of fat distribution with an emphasis on the hip, buttock and thigh region (see also cellulite ), trunk obesity in men is a significant risk factor for coronary heart disease and, according to more recent findings, for type 2 diabetes .

The term

Trunk obesity is a medical name for a symptom that refers to various medical conditions. These include, for example, Cushing's syndrome , polycystic ovarian syndrome or metabolic syndrome .

Colloquially, a number of terms have also been established that are all of a mocking character. These include Wampe , Plau (t) ze , Satchel or - wrongly - Bierbauch with its regional variations such as Mollenfriedhof in Berlin or Löwenbräugeschwür in Munich. The colloquial terms, which also appear in the Duden, misunderstand the medical background of this fat storage, prefer to associate it with the so-called beer belly and generally assume that it is induced by increased beer consumption. This prejudice has been scientifically proven to be unfounded.


  • Alexander Bob, Konstantin Bob (ed.): Internal medicine . Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-13-128751-9 .
  • BO Bohm, K.-D. Palitzsch, C. Rosak, GA Spinas (Ed.): Clinical diabetology. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-642-64016-2 .

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Plauze  - explanations of meanings, word origins , synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Alphabetical directory for the ICD-10-WHO version 2019, volume 3. German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI), Cologne, 2019, p. 821
  2. Wampe. In: Duden. Retrieved April 21, 2017 .
  3. M. Bobak, Z. Skodova, M. Marmot: Beer and obesity: a cross-sectional study. In: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Volume 57, Number 10, October 2003, pp. 1250-1253, ISSN  0954-3007 . doi : 10.1038 / sj.ejcn.1601678 . PMID 14506485 .