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Are You an Apple or a Pear?

Are You an Apple or a Pear?

People with extra weight on their bodies accumulate fat in different places.

‘Apples’ have more fat around their waist.

‘Pears’ have heavy bottoms and hips.

Both shapes may pose different—often serious—health risks.

Although the mirror will tell you what shape you are, here’s a concrete way to find out:

Measure around the narrowest part of your waist to determine your waist circumference. Then measure around your hips — about three or four inches below your pelvic bone. Divide your waist circumference by your hip measurement to get your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). A WHR higher than 0.80 means you are apple-shaped. A ratio under 0.8 means you’re pear-shaped.

A thicker waist means your fat is distributed around the stomach and chest. This increases your risk of getting a heart attack substantially, and makes you prone to breast cancer. Studies have indicated that there might be a link between waist-thickness and infertility. For men, a waist measuring 80 cm and more, and for women, a waist thicker than 85 cm or more, makes you an apple shape. So, apple shapes should look to trim that circumference.

Abdominal obesity increases insulin levels in the system, putting you at a higher risk of diabetes.   It can also cause ‘mechanical’ problems such as arthritis and spider veins. However, excess fat in the abdominal area could actually provide a layer of protection.

While neither apple nor pear shape is good for health, it is definitely more dangerous to be carrying extra fat around the waist. So, take steps to trim that circumference. The thinner the waistline, the longer your lifeline!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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12:29AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


2:13PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Well,...I thought I I'm confused. Oh well - so what? I started my diet today! :-]

5:08AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Nije vazno.Vazno je kako se ko osjeca u svojoj kozi.

5:48PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Extremes are bad, eat right and healthy

8:20PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

I agree with being bigger tends to have more health problems, but I believe this article is missleading. A skinny body can still have the same health problems as a thicker body. It all boils down to what you eat and how much activity you get. A thin person with a fast metabolism won't gain wait as much as another, but if they are filling themselves on fast food and other junk they will have the same internal damage. I'm a pear by the way, and even if I were thin I would have the same body type because of how my skeletal frame.

7:22PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012


1:50AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

very interesting

12:18AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

I always thought apples were good for you. Just kidding. I took note and am working on it.

8:16PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

I'm either. At 107 lbs I'm a green bean. Thanks Shubhra for the article.

6:13PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Very useful information. Luckily I am neither pear nor apple because I take good care of my diet.

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