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Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk

Are You an Apple or a Pear?


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  • You change shape when you lose weight, but I think the point the author is making is that if you gain weight in the middle first, even if you lose it and change your shape, if you gain again, it will be in the middle that you see it first and that will be the last to go always. I am an apple and though I had a very nice hourglass figure most of my life, every time i started to gain weight it came first in my middle and left there last. I gain last in my face and lose there first. Every time. I will always be an apple.
  • I am pear shape with my lost weight, before I lost weight I was a apple. I managed to lose in the right place with correct exercise. so, yes you can change your shape.
  • Very interesting article. I have always had more of an hour glass (large, think Wizard of Oz) share, but according to cslculator, I am a pear.
  • I agree with AUNA_CYCLE. For instance, I plugged in my current measurements into the calculator and it says I'm an apple. Then I put in my measurements from when I was 45 pounds lighter, and I was a pear. So yes, you CAN change your shape!
  • People are getting the idea, from reading this article, that it's impossible to change your body shape. That's not true! If you lose weight, your body shape will change significantly. You will go from being an apple to an avocado to a pear, and then to a banana, is what the thin one is. It changes. You don't HAVE to store body fat. I think that should be one of the points that this article makes. I know that I used to be a banana shape until I gained some weight. Then I became a pear shape. Now I am an avocado shape. But I have been losing inches, and am very close to being a pear shape again. And once I'm done with my weight loss I will be a banana shape again. Normal is possible, people! Don't believe the hype!
  • so I learned I'm an avocado... when i lose weight and my ratio's change will i become a pear? hmm
  • Hmmmm...So I am an avocado; I've never heard of it but it's better than an apple!
    Pear. Always a pear
  • Hmmmm..... Avocado?? First I've heard that one.
    I am an apple it says but I look like a box lol with bulge out front and bulge out back lol guess I a squished box. Made me laugh at least. Lots of work ahead. Dr oz recommending me to eat cold potatoes to use up all carbs. I called an "android" type meaning fat pot belly. But at 5' 1" and 159 lbs its time to work hard!! Wish me luck.
  • I can't measure myself at the moment, but I've noticed ever since I started birth control I've steadily transitioned from a pear to more like an avocado. I still have a fairly defined waistline, but my belly below the waist is gathering more fat and refuses to let any of it go. It's even more frustrating when I can feel my now strengthening ab muscles just under the layer of flab and I know I may never see them until or unless I get off of bc!
  • EMB_RN
    So today I learned that avocado body shape is a thing, and my waist measurement which I had been underestimating by about 3 inches. I guess I can't blame the dryer for shrinking my pants anymore.
  • I'm an avocado. Mmmmm. Avocados. ;)
    Well, I just measured and I believe I am an apple. This is my 1st day on SparkePeople. I am looking forward to some good results down the road..quite a way down the road. I didn't put it on over night.
    I was always a pear until I hit 40, now I'm an apple. I don't like it. As I understand it, getting thick through the middle is common as you age, especially after menopause.

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