Shape Disproportion

One of the main characteristics of lipedema is the shape disproportion between the upper and lower body: a narrow waist and larger hips and thighs.

The buildup of fatty tissue in lipedema mainly affects both legs, leading to a shape disproportion between the upper and lower body. A narrow waist and larger hips and thighs are a characteristic sign of lipedema. The fat distribution is symmetrical in both legs and arms. Together with the sensation of pain in the affected area, these signs help distinguish between lipedema and other diseases.

Diseases that are often mistaken for lipedema, but don’t go ahead with shape disproportions and pain, are:

It is important to know that lipedema and some of the conditions mentioned above can appear together, e.g. obesity, lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency, and gravitational edema.

Shape disproportions are a significant burden for lipedema patients. You may find it difficult to accept your body as it does not fit the typical beauty ideal. Moreover, a narrow waist and larger thighs and hips can make it hard to buy clothes. Nevertheless, it is important to focus on a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a stable weight instead of dieting. Many lipedema patients try to lose weight with different diets and often gain more weight than before.