Because over 60% of the population in the United States is overweight or obese, two classifications of body shapes have been introduced for overweight people. The “pear” body shape describes people who store fat below the waistline on their hips, thighs, and buttocks as opposed to their stomachs and mid-sections. This is more typical of women.
The “apple” body shape is characterized by a wide torso and large abdomen. Men who have an apple body shape are said to have a “beer belly”, a “pot belly”, or “love handles”. The body is classified as pear-shaped if the waist-to-hip ratio, i.e., the size of the waist divided by the size of the hips, is 0.80 or lower. If the ratio is higher than 0.80, the body is classified as apple-shaped.
Apple-shaped people seem to have a greater chance of having heart attacks and developing hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes, whereas pear-shaped people seem to have…….
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