Fatty Deposits

Also known as fat cells

What is a fatty deposit or fat cells?

Fat cells, also called adipocytes, are formed in the fetus. They continue to multiply during childhood and reach a plateau towards the end of adolescence. Thus, in adulthood, they will be stable and will be present at the number of 20 to 25 billion in the body of an average individual.

These cells which compose the adipose tissue are responsible for the synthesis, storage and release of fat into the bloodstream according to the body’s energy needs. They therefore play an essential role in providing the energy necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

However, when fat intake exceeds energy requirements, fat cells grow up to ten times their original size. Love handles then appear on the body, mainly on the hips, thighs and buttocks of women and on the abdomen and back of men.

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What can influence the presence of fatty deposits?

Here are the most common reasons below:


Any individual who ages loses lean, muscular and sometimes even bone mass, which causes a decrease in the basic metabolism. Daily energy expenditure is thus reduced, while the same diet is often maintained. Weight loss is then more difficult.


Certain hormones affect the body’s metabolism, appetite and digestion. Hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause can affect the body’s ability to regulate weight. In addition, various hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism and hypercorticism can cause weight gain, while stress and lack of sleep create hormonal variations that can increase appetite.



Parental obesity is a risk factor for obesity. Studies show that a person who has obese parents has a 70% chance of becoming obeseas well.

Are there any treatments to reduce fatty deposits?

Some technologies actually make it possible to reduce fatty deposits. Find out more about these techniques by consulting the following pages or by taking one of our specialized training courses today.

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