Lipedema is a fairly common disorder of the adipose or fat tissue. The clinical diagnosis is an adipose tissue disorder or a lipid metabolism disorder. It is often mistaken for obesity and is commonly resistant to diet and exercise. Lipedema classically affects women. It is characterized by enlargement of the adipose tissue from the pelvic area to the ankle and is usually out of proportion to the rest of the body. Lipedema can also appear in the upper arms. A unique sign or lipedema is increased sensitivity and bruising to the affected tissues.
Lipedema can cause significant challenges with mental and emotional wellbeing.