NYS Certified Nutritionist

Apples vs Pears

For years medical experts have been evaluating, and reporting, the risks of early mortality preceded by debilitating diseases in people whose bodies have an apple shape.

A few months ago, the British Medical Journal reported that excess belly fat is associated with an increased risk of death. A meta-analysis reviewing studies of more than two million participants, followed for 3-24 years, revealed that for each nearly 4 inch increase in abdominal circumference, the risk of death for men increased by 12%, and by 8% in women.

The conclusion of this analysis, is that visceral fat [fat inside the abdominal cavity that envelops organs] can lead to Type II diabetes, elevated blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and some cancers. This explains the association of an apple shape with poor health outcomes. The good news is that excess fat in the hips and thighs, perceived as a pear shape, was linked to reduced risk of morbidity and mortality.

By making small changes, like reducing caloric intake by 250 calories per day, one can begin to improve the outlook for increased longevity with wonderful quality of life. Reducing 2 tablespoons of concentrated sources of calories, like oil, butter, or mayonnaise will eliminate between 200-240 calories per day. That change alone could result in a weight loss of two pounds per month…without dieting.

Here’s to your good health!

Dateline: Latham, Albany County, New York