A Christian Guide to Body Stewardship, Diet and Exercise

Chapter 3: Weight Management 57 Figure 3.8. Visceral vs. Subcutaneous Fat The location of body fat also seems to play an important role in health and disease risk. Individuals who carry more fat around their waist are at a greater health and disease risk than individuals who carry it elsewhere in the body. Generally speaking, males accumulate more fat around their waist thus giving them an apple-shaped (aka android) appearance. Conversely, females generally accumulate more fat around their hips and buttocks thus giving them a pear-shaped (aka gynoid) appearance. Figure 3.9 depicts the two primary body fat distribution patterns. Figure 3.9. Android and Gynoid Fat Distribution Patterns