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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Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago


Chris C.
Chris C5 years ago

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

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago

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

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez5 years ago

Extremes are bad, eat right and healthy

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

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.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare5 years ago


Tam L.
T. L5 years ago

very interesting

Heather Marvin
Heather Marvin5 years ago

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

John B.
John B5 years ago

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

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim5 years ago

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