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Heart disease risk and body shape

Pear or apple for your health?

Your health can be affected by how much you weigh as well as by your body shape. Men often carry their excess weight around their middle, while women often carry their excess weight on their hips and thighs.

Carrying excess weight around your middle (being ‘apple shaped ) is more of a health risk than if your excess weight is on your hips and thighs (being ‘pear shaped’ ). The so-called ‘pear shape’ is actually a healthier body shape than being ‘apple shaped .  

For more information go to http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/Healthy_Living/Healthy_Weight/Pages/default.aspx

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