What your body shape says about your health – and how to combat ‘problem’ areas

Whether you’re carrying a bit of extra weight around your stomach, or overindulgence goes straight to your thighs, we all have parts of our bodies that may become “problem areas”.

However, not many of us are aware of the effect our shape has on our health – as different figures can cause a range of issues, from heart disease to PMS.

So, whether you’re an apple, pear or hourglass, here’s how your shape can affect your health and what you can do about it.

It might be a few tiny diet changes or a slight adjustment to your exercise regime, but it can make a big difference.



Different body shapes can face difference challenges (Image: Getty)



Typically, people with an apple body shape are heavy in the middle and above the waist.

However, while it may be easier to lose weight from the upper part of the body than the hips or thighs, carrying extra fat around your waist or belly can be particularly bad for your health.

Research has found that apples are more likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

To combat this, experts suggest cutting back on carbs (such as white bread and pastries), snacking on dark chocolate if you need a sweet treat and basing you meals around protein-heavy ingredients such as chicken, turkey or fish.

Cutting back on bread could help (Image: Getty)

Cardio workouts are also highly recommended – such as swimming, cycling, jogging and weight training.