Obesity around the middle hinders breathing and lowers lung capacity.

It's correct. Visceral fat, or stomach fat, can harm respiratory function and lung health. Obesity—especially central obesity—affects respiration and lung capacity:

The diaphragm, the main breathing muscle, can be mechanically restricted by abdominal fat. Shallow breathing and limited lung expansion can ensue.

Obesity reduces lung compliance, making the lungs less elastic and more resistant to inflation. This can restrict lung expansion during inhalation.

Abdominal obesity may strain respiratory muscles as they breathe harder.

Impaired Gas Exchange: Metabolic alterations and inflammation in obesity can impair lung gas exchange, reducing oxygen intake and increasing carbon dioxide retention.

Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to obesity, especially neck fat. This disorder can worsen breathing and respiratory health.

Systemic Inflammation: Chronic low-grade inflammation caused by obesity might harm the airways and lung tissues.

Lifestyle changes like eating well and exercising can improve respiratory function and minimize the risk of problems related to obesity. Individuals with weight and respiratory health difficulties need specialized advice and support from healthcare specialists.

Watch this space for further developments.