Are you apple or pear shaped? The way your body stores fat can increase your risk for heart disease. Did you know that your body shape can be a risk factor for heart disease?
Are you shaped like an apple or a pear?
If you tend to carry your excess weight in your central or belly area, then you are apple shaped. If you tend to carry your excess weight in your hips, thighs and bottom, then you are pear shaped.
Why is this important?
Women who are apple shaped are more at risk for metabolic syndrome. This may put you at risk for heart disease, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and irregular periods.
Scientifically there are two ways:
- Measure your waist at the narrowest point. If it is greater than 35 inches, then you are at increased risk.
- Measure your waist at the narrowest point and your hips at the widest point. Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. If the value is greater than 0.8, then you are considered an apple.
So your heart health assessment for today is this:
Determine your body shape and tell us what your body shape is.