Lipedema is a painful genetic disorder. Lipedema causes both arms and/or both legs to grow larger with fibrotic fat that cannot be burned off or dieted away. Lipedema primarily affects people assigned ‘female’ at birth and rarely affects people assigned male at birth.

Both fat and thin people can have Lipedema. Visible physical changes usually come around the time of a “hormonal event.” People with Lipedema notice that hormonal events like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are usually when they notice their body changing.

If left untreated, a person may grow very large and experience loss of mobility

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What is Lipedema?

There are diseases, conditions, and disorders that look a lot like obesity but are not obesity at all. In this post, I'll bring awareness to one such disorder affecting a lot of people, Lipedema.

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