Apples and Pears present different overweight risks
Being over a healthy weight puts one at risk when it comes to the range of obesity-related conditions and diseases. Interestingly, body shape is a very reliable predictor of underlying clinical conditions. The primary overweight body shapes are the apple and the pear. Those described as apple-shaped have extraneous fat concentrated around their abdomens, while the pear-shaped carry their extra weight around their bottoms and thighs. Just as the different shapes are indicative of different health risks, managing weight reduction demands different approaches and protocols.
Apple Shape Health Risks – this shape is indicative of a condition called Insulin Resistance, and possibly, cardio –metabolic syndrome. It is also a precursor to Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks and strokes.
Pear Shape Health Risks – this shape carries less risk than the apple shape, but it is indicative of hormonal imbalances and problems with the elimination of toxins.
These two types of carrying extra weight require specific, tailor-made management protocols. Simple calorie restriction and exercise will not yield the best results, and will most likely, not be sustainable. A Functional Medicine approach that deeply considers the individual person and takes into account the impact of their unique genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors is an ideal way to come up with long-term, healthy solution.
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