Unless the person was morbidly obese and has excess skin covering them up or has medical metabolic issue, everybody can get six pack abs. It is easier for some people than others due to genetics and the number of fat cells in the body, but everybody can do it with a proper nutrition and exercise program. Are they sustainable for everybody is a whole other question though.
False…A genetic disorder which may prevent some people…As far as people who are overweight, they certainly can and actually have abs however they are just covered with layers of fat. I used to be 280 pounds and was obese. So anything is possible with some knowledge and effort!
If we could post pictures I would love to post some pictures of when I was huge.
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Nice question Laura.
It’s good to understand the makeup of the rectus abdominus to understand why we see the “six pack.” The rectus abdominis is a paired muscle group made that separates the right rectus ab from the left rectus ab. Each vertical column is has three horizontal fibrous bands called tendinous inscriptions. So the six pack that you are seeing is the rectus abdomonis with very little adipose tissue surrounding it.
As mentioned with proper diet and exercise it is possible to have a six pack and if you have the right genes even an eight pack.
I guess your question is more whether you can SEE a ‘six-pack’ rather than having one. As Joanne points out, it is the structure of the muscle itself that makes it look like this.
I believe, though, it may be wise to differentiate between men and women here. Not so much in terms of ‘six-pack’ but in terms of body composition required to make it visible. While guys can safely drop their percent body fat to the point where they can admire the famous silhouette, women may have to drop down to levels which are no longer healthy.
Again I agree with Karin. Actually everyone HAS six-pack abs, the real question is whether we can see them. Genetics plays a huge role in the “seeing” part since each of us is genetically predisposed to where our body will deposit unwanted excess body fat. So, for some the seeing will be easier and for others, very difficult if not impossible.