Things go “pear-shaped” for the apple-shaped
We recently wrote about the String Test; measure out a piece of string to match your height, then fold it in two and put it round your waist. If the string fits – or is even loose – your waist to height ratio is where it should be. If it doesn’t make it around your waist, this will be a warning about how much damaging visceral fat you are carrying in a part of your body bad for your health.
Those who do carry their weight around the middle are termed apple-shaped people, while those carrying their weight on their bottoms or thighs are called pear-shaped. “Pear-shaped” is also slang for things going badly wrong – so there no shortage of irony that a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found the risk of falls for apple-shaped adults may be higher than for their pear-shaped peers.
After examining fall histories of over 3,000 people aged 65 or over, apple-shaped people were 37% more likely to fall than people who weren’t. Researchers speculated those with big bellies have a higher centre of gravity compared to their pear-shaped peers, but as we know a large waist is already associated with a higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, this is simply yet another reason to pass the string test!
To help add years to your life, keep your waist circumference to less than half your height, and help put off your health going “pear-shaped”.
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