Apples and pears – which one is better for you?

9 Oct, 2017

Apples and pears – which one is better for you?

It is body shape I am talking about, as both apples and pears are really good to include in our 5 a day.
No, there is evidence that our body shape, the places we store fat, can be an indicator or future health or illness.
Pear shaped people tend to store their fat on the hips and thighs, and evidence suggests that this poses little risk for illness. Apple shapes tend to store fat on their abdomen, back and inside their bodies. The fat stored within the body, known as visceral fat, is a real risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Many people know about BMI and how it  shows how much you weigh compared to your height, but it doesn’t show how much fat you have. You could be a weight lifter with more muscles than Popeye, but your BMI would show you to be overweight.
Measuring your waist and comparing  it to your hip width is thought to be a better indicator and it is quite easy to do. Once you have measured your waist and your hips, divide your waist size by your hip size. For women, if this comes out at less than 0.8 or lower and for men  below 0.95, then your risk is low. A measurement of 0.81- 0.85 in women and 0.96 -1.0 in men suggests that you have moderate risk and over 0.86 in women and 1.0 in men means that you are at high risk and should do something about it.
As for me, I have always been a pear shape and proud of it, but as i get a little older I get the feeling I am turning into a fruit salad!

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