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June 25, 2014

Apple and Pear Body Shapes

Did you know?

People who have metabolic syndrome typically have apple-shaped bodies, meaning they have larger waists and carry a lot of weight around their abdomens. It's thought that having a pear-shaped body — that is, carrying more of your weight around your hips and having a narrower waist — puts you at a lower risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other complications of metabolic syndrome.

Abdominal fat causes some of these threats because the visceral fat, also known as toxic fat, surrounds organs and creates insulin resistance, inflammation and a spike in blood-sugar levels.

Experts say that it is possible to reduce your risk by half simply by trimming 2 inches off of your waistline. Exercise and a fiber-rich diet is recommended for apple shaped bodies.

For more information, talk to one of our gastroenterologists about scheduling an appointment with our very own nutritional consultant.