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Where is your fat located?

What is Obesity?
Where is your fat located?
Causes of Obesity
Consequences of Obesity
Who should lose weight?
Doctors are concerned with not only how much fat a person has but where the fat is on the body.

Women tend to be more pear shaped than men, a pattern of fat distribution that is less risky to health
Women typically collect fat in their hips and buttocks, giving their figures a "pear" shape. Men, on the other hand, usually build up fat around their bellies, giving them more of an "apple" shape. This is not a hard and fast rule, though. Some men are pear-shaped and some women become apple-shaped, especially after menopause.
People whose fat is concentrated mostly in the abdomen are more likely to develop many of the health problems associated with obesity.

Doctors have developed a simple way to measure whether someone is an apple or a pear. The measurement is called waist-to-hip ratio. To find out someone's waist-to-hip ratio, measure the waist at its narrowest point, then measure the hips at the widest point. Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. A woman with a 35-inch waist and 46-inch hips would do the following calculation:

35 46 = 0.76

Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 or men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 are "apples." They are at increased health risk because of their fat distribution.

Clinicians are beginning to adopt an easier, and more accurate, way to determine fat distribution: measuring waist circumference. A waist measurement over 35 inches in women and over 40 inches in men places the person in the riskier "apple" category.

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