Here’s What Your Body Shape Says about Your Health
Our bodies come in varying shapes and sizes such as pleasantly plump or straight like a string bean. However, it doesn’t mean that their shape indicates their overall health. Nevertheless, when fat is stored in different areas of the body, it can make the body susceptible to certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and others. There is also an increased risk of suffering a stroke when there is too much fat accumulated in the body.
1Subcutaneous Versus Visceral Fat
Fat is an important indicator of body shape. There are two main types of fat- subcutaneous and visceral fat, in our bodies which determines the shape and size of our bodies according to where they are stored in our bodies. However, no one ever carries equal amount of bodily fats.
Subcutaneous fat refers to that fat in our bodies which can be squeezed, but it is very hard to reduce. It is located directly under the skin and is primarily found in the butt and thighs. While it may have some health benefits such as serving as energy reserves and keeping the bones and muscles protected from injury, too much of this fat can potentially increase the risk of contracting diseases.
Visceral fat is an undetectable type of fat which has no health benefits whatsoever. It is stored around our vital organs like the liver, intestines, pancreas, and stomach. According to a 2017 study, women who have excess visceral fat stored in their body have a high chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and insulin resistance.
How to determine visceral fat
One way you can detect and determine the amount of visceral fat in your body, is by taking measuring tape and placing it just above your hipbone around your bare stomach. If the measurement on the tape is greater than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, then it is a certain indication that you have an accumulated an unhealthy amount of this fat within your body.
There are our different body shapes based on the way people’s body store fat and how it impacts their overall health. If you aren’t sure what body type you are then read on to understand which shape your body is identical to.
People who have more fat stored in their midsection and have visibly less fat on their hips, legs, and arms fit into the category of “apple shape” bodies. This body shape is associated with most of the health risks.
A person who has a big waist-to-hip ratio falls into the apple shape category
This simply tells you that their bodies have a lot of visceral fat stored in them. But this can also be dangerous because when fat surrounds the organs it causes inflammation within the body which can make the body weak against diseases.