Traditionally, it’s been thought that being a pear shape was best in terms of overall health. Now, some evidence suggests that being pear shaped has health risks too.
How many times have you heard that it’s healthier to be a pear shape? Pear shaped people carry most of their weight and body fat in their hips and thighs, in contrast to those with an apple shape who carry it in their stomach and abdominal region. Some studies have shown that carrying weight in the lower body is less dangerous than carrying it in the abdomen. Is this really true? Is it really better to be a pear shape?
How Do You Determine if You Have an Apple or a Pear Shape?
This is easily done by measuring your waist circumference and dividing it by your hip measurement. A ratio of 0.8 or higher indicates that you have an apple shape; while a ratio of less than 0.8 means you have a pear shape. Usually you can get a good idea by looking in the mirror. If you carry your weight in the tummy rather than the hips and thighs, chances are you’re an apple. Women who have waist sizes that are greater than thirty-five inches are also at high risk of apple-related health problems.
Apple or a Pear Shape: Which is Healthier?
Most studies have shown that a person with an apple shape is more prone to variety of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and even asthma and dementia. This is because apple shaped women have more visceral fat which puts a person at higher risk of insulin resistance and all of the problems that go with it.
Are There Any Health Risks Associated With a Pear Shape?
It was previously that that being a pear shape was ideal in terms of health, but a recently published study showed that pears have their problems too. Researchers studied 50,000 men and women and found that women with a pear shape were significantly more likely to suffer from a blood clot even if they were otherwise of normal weight. They aren’t sure exactly why pear shapes are at higher risk of clots, but they believe that excess body fat in the hips and thighs may place additional pressure on the lower extremities which would increase the risk of a blood clot. Blood clots are dangerous because they have the potential to travel to the lungs leading to a pulmonary embolus which could be fatal.
The Bottom Line?
Overall, it’s healthier to be a pear shape, but even it comes with a higher risk of blood clots. Although you may not have complete control over your body shape, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising can reduce the risk of most diseases associated with body shape.