Belly fat. Some people develop this while others won’t. Is there anything special about a big belly compared to a large bottom? Actually, not all body fat is created equal. Unlike popular belief, the risk of a heart attack would depend on the location of your fat, as a study shows.
This finding is also supported by the Centre for Human Nutrition, which says that the body fat distribution has a greater effect on heart attack risks rather than the Body Mass Index, which is the ratio of the body height to the weight.
The body shape appears to be a more accurate predictor for your health. You may be more like an apple or a pear, or evenly shaped top and bottom. If you’ve got big thighs, hips, and bum, then you’re actually at less risk of a heart attack than those people who have big stomachs and slim legs.
A more accurate and telling predictor of heart attack risk, is the waist-to-hip ratio.
How do you get your waist-to-hip ratio?
To get this, you have to divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. For example, if your hips measurement is 40 inches and your waist is 34 inches your hip-to-waist ratio is 0.85. This is great for males, but on the borderline of healthy for women.
A man’s ratio should not be over 0.90
A woman’s ratio should not be over 0.85
Don’t defy nature
If you were born an apple you will stay an apple and if you were born a pear you will continue to be a pear. It’s important that you learn to accept your natural body shape. Dorothy Hefferman, Ph.D., a psychologist of Scotland, lead a study that shows that women who have body shapes unlike those that they desire would have more frustration with weight loss and would therefore have trouble sticking to a weight-loss program.
If this sounds like you, accept your overall shape as nature intended, but pay attention to reducing fat around your middle and tummy areas. You are already informed on how crucial your circumference is to your health.