Q. It seems like more men are developing "beer bellies" as they age, including me. What causes it, and is it just a cosmetic problem?
A. It's unclear when the term "beer belly" originated, but in the distant past, keg-shaped abdomens were uncommon. They tended to occur in men who drank heavily, especially high-calorie beers.
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