Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
Not an easy question to respond to, as I am not aware of any health conditions you might be suffering. I suggest that your starting point to be approaching your GP and see if there is any specific reason for you having excess stomach fat. You say that you exercise, which does not help. This suggests that you might very well have a genetic predisposition to having a relatively large amount of abdominal fat compared with the rest of your body. If this is the case, there is likely little you can do to change that situation. Look at your diet and see if there is a large amount of fat in your daily intake. Perhaps a dietician can help you there. A biokineticist/fitness trainer might also be able to give you specific exercises for helping you there. If you exhaust all options, including making sure that you really do have an excessive amount of abdominal fat, then your only viable option to assure a change in body shape will be plastic surgery. Liposuction, for example, will literally remove fat cells and could be the only way of significantly lending to permanent change. A tummy tuck is another option. However, plastic surgery should be a last resort and you need to be aware of the possible risks. You could consult with a reputable plastic surgeon for an assessment. I also think that you could consider consulting with a psychologist to explore all issues that might be lending to your self-esteem being compromised because of your body shape or body perception. Do not hurry into anything extreme right now. I do not even know your age, so you might need to consider adapting to a changing body if you are older. Anyway, I hope that I have stimulated some thought.
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