Health charity outlines risks of having an 'apple' figure

26 June 2012

Women who have a bulging gut run the risk of suffering from a series of serious health conditions, one charity has warned.

New research from Nuffield Health has shown that 'apple' figures, which see women plump around the middle but with smaller bums, are becoming more popular.

However, the organisation highlighted that such a figure puts females at risk of developing infertility, cancer and heart disease.

Dr Davina Deniszczyc, from Nuffield Health, noted: "Whilst waist size may seem like a cosmetic issue, it is an important indicator of overall health and wellbeing.

"Fat stored around the waist can contribute to significant issues such as breast cancer and infertility."

In contrast, 'pear' figures are seen as a healthier shape, as women who opt for this look have a defined waist but a bigger bum.

Recently, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers conducted a study which suggested that physical activity can help thwart the onset of breast cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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