Excess weight can be bad for your health, but research has shown that what is even a more important determinant of health risk is where the excess fat is stored.

Apple shaped individuals: Fat is stored around the abdomen and chest, surrounding the vital nternal organs, such as the heart.

 

Pear shaped individuals: Fat is stored on the hips and thighs, just below the surface of the skin.

Pros and Cons of both body shapes:

     
  Pro  
Con
Pear     Lower risk for chronic diseases*   Upon weight loss, overral shape does not change much.
Apple     Upon weight loss, shape changes and health risk is reduced.  

Higher risk for chronic diseases

      *Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, etc.    

 
 
 
 
 
 

To determine your WHR and find out if you have an apple or pear-shaped body; and to determine consequent health risks attached follow the steps below:

1. Measure your waist at the smallest part

2. Measure your hips at the widest part

3. Divide your waist measurements by your hip measurement

4. Based on the result received assess your health risk by referring to the health risk table below:

 
Waist to Hip Ratio Range
 
Health Risk
  Male     Female    
<0.95     <0.8   Low Risk
0.96-1.0     0.81-1.0   Moderate Risk
  >0.95     >1.0   High Risk

 






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