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Apples, or Pears?

January 3, 2015

Have you heard of people talk about being ‘apple shaped,’ or ‘pear shaped’? Well the truth is that, though they use tasty fruit names, this terminology is used mostly in referring to individuals who are overweight.

‘Apple shaped’ means that you carry most of your weight around your midsection, and ‘pear shaped’ means that you carry most of your weight below your midsection. Though carrying extra weight is not good for you at all, if you are ‘apple shaped’ you are in a more dangerous category than ‘pear shaped’ individuals. Having big butts, thighs, legs and ankles, though not good for your body or mobility, does not place direct added pressure on your internal organs. On the opposite spectrum, having leaner arms and legs, but having a sizable mid-section poses a serious health risk because you have increased pressure on your internal organs.

Next time you hear people talking about being ‘apple,’ or ‘pear’ shaped, you’ll know what the real meaning is, and maybe share some of your knowledge with them… in a non-judgmental way of course! Making someone feel awkward about themselves is never a way to encourage change.

Peace,

Sandra

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