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.