What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health

Every person is different and every person has a different body shape. These body shapes are what make people so unique and beautiful, and while most people assume that their body shape only impacts their appearance and the way they look in clothes—it means so much more than that. Your body shape can say a lot about your health and your hormones.

There are three main types of body shapes: apple, pear or hourglass. The body shape you naturally have can tell a lot about your health and it can also say a lot about how you carry weight and how you may struggle to lose weight as well. Here is what each type of body shape can say about your health.

Apple Shape

Apple shaped individuals tend to carry extra weight around their waist or midsection. This is where the dangerous type of fat lives. The fat that accumulates in this area is known as visceral fat. It penetrates deep underneath the skin and doesn’t just impact your appearance, but it builds up around the organs and can cause serious harm over time.

While visceral fat can be dangerous, the good news is, it is the easiest type of fat to get rid of with a regular diet and exercise. This means “apple-shaped” individuals can typically lose weight faster than other body types.

Due to the area where apple shapes tend to store fat, they tend to have a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

Pear Shape

Pear shape individuals store excess fat in their lower half and typically have a harder time losing weight. This type of stubborn fat is known as “passive fat.” It is not as dangerous as visceral fat as it doesn’t impede the organs, but it does put extra stress on the legs.

People who have pear shapes are more likely to struggle with the following conditions: degenerative knee and leg joint disease and varicose veins. Fortunately, these are relatively mild conditions when compared to those that apple shapes face.

Hourglass or Rectangle

The hourglass shape (or rectangle) for men, is a very common shape. Men and women with this body shape tend to carry extra weight all over. This includes extra weight in the legs and arms as well as the dangerous visceral fat in the midsection.

This unfortunately also means that hourglass shapes are at risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The good news is, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of these conditions in hourglass-shaped individuals.

Of course, there is more to your health than just your natural shape. Doctors also look at Body Mass Index or BMI to look at how healthy you are. This tool measures how much fat you have based on your height and weight. After all, just because you have a certain body shape naturally, it doesn’t mean that you are automatically under or overweight.

If you have more questions about your body shape and what it means in regard to your health, make an appointment here at Continuum Internal Medicine. You can contact us by calling 817-617-8650 for an appointment today.