Statistically speaking, roughly 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese. Over the last 30 years, obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have almost tripled. Although both types of fat can be dangerous to one's health, and affect both men and women equally, only one type of fat is treatable with Coolsculpting technology.
The first type, subcutaneous fat, is the soft, jiggly fat (ie sumo wrestlers) that is beneath the epidermal layer of tissue and lays over the abdominal muscles. This type of fat is visible to the eye and is distributed all over the body at some capacity. A moderate amount of this fat is essential for the body to function, but too much can lead to health problems and a dip in self confidence and body image. An individual with moderate amounts of subcutaneous fat can treat with Coolsculpting to help eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are undesirable.
The second type, visceral fat or "hidden" belly fat, is internal fat that surrounds vital organs. Most identify this kind of fat with someone having a "beer belly", however, it is possible to be thin and still have too much visceral fat. Visceral fat has serious health implications that can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea and various other diseases. It is the most dangerous because it is the closest to our organs, and is NOT treatable with Coolsculpting as it is beneath the abdominal muscles.
An ideal candidate for Coolsculpting is someone who is at their ideal weight, but has pockets of subcutaneous fat that will not budge with diet and exercise. Although this technology can treat those with excess subcutaneous tissue it will require more treatment sessions to get to the individual's goals. As always, it is highly encouraged that a Coolsculpting candidate maintain a healthy lifestyle!