Apple and Pear Shaped Bodies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/04

Apple and Pear Shaped Bodies

You've heard of apple and pear shaped bodies. Turns out now, whichever shape you have is potentially a better forecast for your heart health than originally predicted.

Researchers have known for some time that apple shaped bodies are more at risk of death from heart disease because they store fat around their waist area, compared to pear shaped bodies that get lumpier lower down if you get my drift.

Now, after analyzing data from nearly 18,000 men and women, researchers at UT Southwestern in Dallas determined that a person's weight, even size didn't translate into as big a risk factor as those apple shaped bodies, indicating that where the fat is stored is likely a greater risk factor than obesity alone.

This may be good news for women since the researchers note that men tend to store fat in their bellies, while women usually sit on it.

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