What exactly is meant by being ‘apple shaped’ or ‘pear-shaped’? How does that affect my health?
If you look at an apple, it is widest in the middle whereas a pear is ‘bottom heavy’. If you carry excess weight around your abdomen, and your waist measurement is more than your hip measurement, that means you are an ‘apple’ shape. Those who carry excess fat around the bottom and thighs are ‘pear’ shaped. Excess weight anywhere on the body needs to be reduced, but weight around the waist has serious health implications.
A measuring tape is the cheapest health tool available! Knowing your waist circumference will tell you if you are living with health risks.
Determine your waist circumference by placing a measuring tape around your waist at the level of the umbilicus. It is a good indicator of your abdominal fat.
Excess abdominal fat is associated with high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and may lead to diabetes and heart disease. This risk increases with a waist measurement of over 100 cm in men and over 85 cm in women. For Indian women, the ideal waist size is less than 80cm (32″).