Apples vs. Pears: Body Type Matters

Being overweight can raise your risk for a range of health problems, but evidence shows that it's not just how much fat you carry, but where it's located that counts most.

Abdominal fat—an apple-shaped figure—may pose a different health risk profile than fat spread all over the body, or from the hips down (the so-called pear shape). A 2016 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine determined that a “spare tire” (central or abdominal obesity) can be hazardous to your health even if you’re not overweight. […]

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