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Are you an apple or a pear?

Pear-shaped women—those who carry excess weight in their thighs and buttocks—are less likely to develop health problems such as diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure and heart disease compared with apple-shaped women—those who carry extra pounds around the abdomen.

To find out if you’re an apple or a pear follow these steps:

  1. Measure your waist at the narrowest part. (That usually means midway between your bottom rib and hipbone.)
  2. Measure your hips at the widest part.
  3. Divide the first number by the second number. (Example: waist 30/hips 38=0.8) The resulting number is your waist-to-hip ratio. If it’s higher than 0.8, you’re an apple. To offset your higher risk for certain diseases, you should be extra careful about reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Ask your healthcare provider for a sensible eating and exercise plan.