What Your Body Shape Is Telling You

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But if “apple” describes your body shape? That’s problematic. 

Even people of normal weight who carry fat at their waistlines—possessing a so-called apple shape—might have a higher cardiovascular mortality risk than “pear-shaped” peers who carry excess weight in their hips and thighs, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 

The key takeaway? If you have a normal body mass index (BMI, a measure of body weight relative to height) but also have belly fat, there’s room to improve your health. A healthier diet and physical activity are your Rx.


 

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