Which fruit shape are you?
If you look like an apple, you may be at greater risk of disease
If your body more resembles an apple than a pear, you could be at greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston added weight to existing evidence that it’s unhealthy to carry a lot of fat around your stomach (like an apple), rather than on your hips (like a pear). Though the study did not establish cause and effect, it demonstrates that people genetically predisposed to abdominal obesity have a 46 percent greater risk of heart disease and 77 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. A big waistline is also associated with higher blood sugar, blood pressure and triglyceride levels—all risk factors for those conditions.