Pear-shaped bodies not healthier than apples
Though nobody wants to be considered an apple or a pear--based on the distribution of fat in their bodies--it’s long been thought that those with pear-shaped bodies are healthier than those with apple-shaped bodies. The theory was that the apples stored fat around the abdomen, including a significant amount of visceral fat. That’s the fat that wraps around the organs and can cause heart disease and diabetes. Pears, on the other hand, have fat stored in the butt, hips and thighs and, though it may be difficult to shed this weight, the fat was believed to be less likely to have serious consequences.
However, a new study from the UC Davis Health System has found that fat stored in the rear secretes proteins that can lead to inflammation and prediabetes. Those with some extra weight in the butt, according to the researchers, could also have metabolic syndrome, which doubles the risk of heart disease and dramatically increases the risk of diabetes.
Though there are few who will recommend storing significant amounts of fat anywhere, this study suggests that packing a little "junk in the trunk" is considerably worse than previously thought.