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What Is The Most Healthy Body Type, Apple Or Pear?

Updated on December 10, 2011

As far as fruit goes, apples are the number one choice of North Americans and pears are number ten. However, if you are considering body shape, then it is preferable to be a pear.

If you have a pear-shaped body, you are carrying excess body fat around your hips and buttocks. If, on the other hand, you have an apple-shaped body, you are carrying excess body fat around your abdomen, which can increase your risk for for several serious health conditions. This risk are the same for both sexes.

The problems related to being an apple-shaped individual are those related to obesity. These include cardiovascular disease, elevations in both blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, and the possibility of hormonal cancers such as breast cancer.

It is not the fat alone that causes the increased risks but the location of the fat. Even individuals who appear slim, may have excess abdominal fat. This fat surrounds the internal organs and is known as intra-abdominal fat. Woman who have a waistline of over thirty-five inches and men who have a waistline over forty inches will generally fall into the apple category.

The term metabolic syndrome is often used to describe a group of conditions which together put specific individuals at an elevated risk for developing such things as stroke, cardiovascular disease, and type two diabetes. There are several health risks which can lead to metabolic syndrome. These are excess body weight around the abdomen (apple-shape), elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, low good cholesterol, and high blood triglycerides. If you have three or more of these health risks, you are considered to have metabolic syndrome. While, all of these risks can lead to health problems, abdominal obesity, coupled with insulin resistance, presents the most danger.

Be aware that other factors such as age, diet, inactivity, and genetics always play a role in an individuals risk for specific conditions and diseases.

Even small changes in your lifestyle, can decrease your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and so your risk for serious health conditions.

Begin and stick to healthy eating habits. Reduce your intake of saturated fats and increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Cut out soft drinks and sweetened fruit drinks and substitute lots of plain water. Stop smoking. Incorporate aerobic activity into your every day life. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity per day can make a major improvement in one's health. A brisk walk is good aerobic activity and something that is easy to do every day of your life. Begin to build up muscle mass which will in turn burn up more calories that fat.

Begin your regime to improve you health by visiting your doctor for a complete check-up. This will let you know how serious your risk factors are, and clear you for undertaking a program of increased activity.

It is never to late to improve your health. Every day that you eat well and every day that you get your body moving more will decrease your health risks and move you away from the risks associated with being an apple.


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    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Hi Sheila - thanks for your comments and for the vote up - the shape really is relevant, but I am sure that many of us are sort of in between - B.

    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Hi sheila - thank you for your comments and the vote up - the shape is really relevant, thous I'm sure there are lots of us that are sort of in between - B.

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      6 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Just had to vote up here. What a great hub. Love the way you make comparisions between fruit shapes and people shapes. Clever indeed!

    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Your daughter is being a true friend - that weight seems to wrap itself around us so stubbornly - thanks for taking the time to read and comment - regards, B.

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      Very encouraging hub to get us on the road to a healthier body! The fat around our middle is so dangerous for our health and it is the most challenging fat to get rid of. My daughter is always begging me to start exercising again to lose those extra pounds around my middle. Thank you for this hub!

    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for reading and commenting Teaches12345 - with the price of health care, I think we have to do all we can to take care of our own health - B.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a good hub topic and you made it enjoyable and useful in understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I have read that being overweight causes health problems and making better food choices coupled with exercise is the best prevention. Your advice on "it's where the fat is located" is right on with getting to the heart of the problem. And I agree that even a small lifestyle change is a better than doing nothing. Thanks for sharing.

    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent comment Lougi - thank you - B.

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      6 years ago

      Your stomach. Full with junk food and your eyes Hungry. So please respect. Your body and close your eyes

    • billips profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment d.Williams - I think the restaurant industry is part of the weight problem with all their super-sizing and huge portions of mediocre, overly-sweet, and fatty foods, on giant plates - I have part of an old dinner service of my mother's and the dinner plates are only slightly larger than today's bread and butter plates - we are constantly urged to eat more and more, with resulting damage to our health - regards, B.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      voted up and useful. Always a good topic of discussion. Unfortunately we all have good intentions, but seem to lose interest when the weight does not disappear overnight. We tend to forget that it has taken years to get to that apple shape and it will take some time to get it off. We all have those clothes tucked away somewhere in the back of a closet that are too small for us. So the best motivator is to take them out and put them where you can look at them on a daily basis to give you the incentive to continue with that diet and those exercises that we hate so much.


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