Apple-shaped women THREE times more likely to suffer stroke but pear-shaped figures slash risk, research finds – The Sun

APPLE-shaped women are up to three times as likely to have a heart attack or stroke — even if they’re slim.

While those who are “pear-shaped”, like Jennifer Lopez, cut their risk by almost half.

The research by New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, looked at 2,683 post-menopausal women who weren’t overweight.

Famous apple-shaped celebrities include Elizabeth Hurley, Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones, Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks.

It means their waists are wider than their hips – which typically increases fat around the internal organs.

Prof Qibin Qi said: “People may need to pay attention to their regional body fat, even those who have a healthy body weight.”

“Apples” — who carry their body fat around their waist — have been previously linked to heart disease and other health dangers.

Dr Qi said: “In routine clinical practice, BMI is a common approach to assessing a person's risk of cardiovascular disease.

“Measurement of waist circumference is also recommended by national organisation to provide additional information, but usually only in those with a BMI between 25 to 34.9.”

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