How does your body shape
affect your metabolic syndrome?
Are you apple or pear shaped?
Where you carry the majority of your body fat can tell you a lot more than what style of dress you should buy; it can actually help you determine what health concerns you may be prone to or that you need to be aware of.
If you have an apple-shaped body, chances are you also may have an inflamed gut environment (microbiome), which can lead to “leaky gut.” This damaged gut ecosystem can cause a variety of health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, a sluggish metabolism, brain fog, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, headaches, and mood disorders, just to name a few.
Research(1) has found that people who have “apple-shaped bodies” (carrying their fat around their midsection) are most likely to have a combination of health risk factors that make them likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic complications. However, having a pear-shaped body (when your extra girth is more in your hips) does not place you at a higher risk of these same chronic illnesses.
As details of body typing for fat distribution and the associated risks were studied and defined, the term “metabolic syndrome” was developed (more on that in an upcoming article). Among the 47 million Americans with metabolic syndrome(2), most can be identified based purely on what “fruit shape” they resemble.
Call it apple or pear, android or gynoid; what we are really talking about is a measure called the “waist-to-hip ratio” (WHR), which, when disproportionate, can lead to serious health risks. As a general rule, your waist should not be even to or bigger than your hips. The ratio of waist to hips can be calculated here, or by dividing the waist circumference (inches) by the hip circumference (inches). This number should be .80 or less for women and .90 or less for men. In other words, your hips should be 20% larger than your waist. Do you get the fruit picture?
More on the Metabolic Syndrome Study:
- Who they studied: 15,000+ men and women (approximately 50/50) between the ages of 18-90 years old.
- What was measured? Subjects were studied to see if their body shape or BMI had any association with their life span.
- What did they find? Apple shaped people – even those within normal weight – had the shortest life span; worse than other subjects with the same BMI (weight/height squared), but without central obesity!
- What does that mean? The shape of your body, or your weight distribution, is a MORE IMPORTANT wellness indicator than weight or BMI. Even if your weight is NORMAL, you should pay attention to your shape in the mirror. You can be a small apple or a little pear, and still be at risk.
Don’t worry: your body shape is not permanent, and by making some simple, science-based changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can reverse these health risks. This article is meant to empower you to understand what’s at stake and the deeper root cause so you can find the solution to heal your gut and get your Holistic Health back on track.
Here are the steps you can take to heal a damaged gut:
- Removing the inflammatory, toxic foods that are irritating your system and causing allergies or sensitivities
- Replacing unhealthy foods with nourishing, replenishing foods
- Allowing your gut time to reset, repair, and re-balance
- Using a systematic reintroduction process to identify the specific foods that your body requires for proper function, and the foods that you’re unable to tolerate
Your body shape alone may be an indicator of serious health risks – even if you are NOT overweight!
Broken Gut = Broken Health
My science-based Holistic Health Reset program was designed to look at the “whole list” of symptoms you’re experiencing and customize your perfect lifestyle plan for nutrition and holistic health. If you want to look, feel, and function better, let’s start by purging your system of toxins, bacteria, and harmful pesticides. Let’s start with food!