Body fat distribution varies. Some people may be apple-shaped and carry
most of their excess body fat around the stomach. Other people may be
pear-shaped and carry most of their excess body fat around the hips, buttocks,
You can check to see if you are apple- or pear-shaped
by dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement. This will give you
your waist-to-hip ratio. Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 and
men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 are apple-shaped.
Apple-shaped people are more likely than pear-shaped people to develop
health problems related to obesity.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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