Association of visceral fat area with abdominal skeletal muscle distribution in overweight Japanese adults

Noriko I. Tanaka*, Haruka Murakami, Yumi Ohmori, Naomi Aiba, Akemi Morita, Shaw Watanabe, Motohiko Miyachi

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Background: Quantitative evaluation of visceral fat mass and skeletal muscle mass is important for health promotion. Recently, some studies suggested the existence of adipocyte–myocyte negative crosstalk. If so, abdominal skeletal muscles may easily and negatively affected not only by the age but also the visceral fat because age-related reduction in abdominal region is greater compared with limbs. Objective: We cross-sectionally examined the existence of quantitative associations between visceral fat area and abdominal skeletal muscle distribution in overweight people. Methods: A total of 230 Japanese males and females who aged 40–64 years and whose body mass index (BMI) was 28.0–44.8 kg/m 2 participated in this study. The cross-sectional area (CSA) of the visceral fat, subcutaneous fat, and abdominal skeletal muscles, namely, the rectus abdominis, abdominal oblique, erector spinae, and iliopsoas muscles were measured by the computed tomography images. Results: Stepwise regression analyses revealed the existence of sex difference in the relation between visceral fat CSA and other morphological variables. In males, BMI was a positive, and the iliopsoas muscle group CSA was a negative contributor of the visceral fat CSA. In females, both age and BMI were selected as positive contributors. Conclusion: These data suggested that the visceral fat CSA may negatively associated with iliopsoas muscle group CSA in males. In females, the visceral fat CSA was not significantly related to the distribution of the abdominal skeletal muscle groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-383
Number of pages6
JournalObesity Research and Clinical Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal skeletal muscle
  • Asian
  • Computed tomography
  • Overweight
  • Visceral fat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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