Gynoid obesity involves excess fat accumulation in the body’s lower part, particularly in the hips, buttocks, and thighs.
People with gynoid obesity may have a “
The appearance and distribution of body fat can vary widely among individuals and may not always fit neatly into these categories.
Additionally, body fat distribution may not always correspond to overall health status or risk for obesity-related health problems.
This article discusses gynoid obesity, its causes, health risks, and treatment options.
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Many factors can contribute to the development of gynoid obesity. Here are some of the causes and risk factors of gynoid obesity:
- Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to store more fat in the lower part of the body. Genes that regulate fat metabolism can influence this, as can hormone levels and other factors.
- Hormonal factors: Estrogen plays an important role in body fat distribution, and females tend to have higher estrogen levels than males. As a result, females are
more proneto gynoid obesity.
- Age: As people age, they
may experienceweight gain, which can take the form of gynoid obesity.
- Sedentary lifestyle: A lack of physical activity can contribute to gynoid obesity by reducing energy expenditure and promoting fat storage.
- Diet: A diet high in calories, fat, sugar, and processed foods can contribute to weight gain and developing gynoid obesity.
Gynoid obesity, like any other form of obesity, can increase the risk of various health problems, which
- Type 2 diabetes: Obesity can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Excess body fat may interfere with the body’s ability to use insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
- Cardiovascular disease: Gynoid obesity can
increasethe risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which includes conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Excess body fat may lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, reducing blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Sleep apnea: Obesity can
increasethe risk of developing sleep apnea, which is a condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. This is because excess body fat can put pressure on the airways, making it harder to breathe.
- Joint problems: Obesity can increase the risk of joint problems, such as osteoarthritis, due to the extra weight and pressure on the joints.
Some studiessuggest that obesity may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast and ovarian cancer, due to excess body fat and hormonal factors.
Gynoid obesity and android obesity are
Android obesity features an excess accumulation of fat in the upper part of the body, particularly in the abdomen and chest.
A 2021 article notes that females tend to be more prone to gynoid obesity due to the presence of estrogen, which promotes fat deposition in the lower body.
Males, on the other hand, tend to be more prone to android obesity due to the presence of testosterone, which promotes fat deposition in the upper body.
The following are frequently asked questions about gynoid and android obesity.
Is android or gynoid obesity ‘better’ than the other?
Neither android nor gynoid obesity is “better” than the other, as both types of obesity can increase the risk of various health problems.
However, doctors generally consider android obesity to be
This may contribute to the development of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.
What is apple-shaped obesity?
Apple-shaped obesity refers specifically to
“Apple-shaped” describes the body’s appearance, with a wider waist and narrow hips, resembling an apple.
What is the android-gynoid ratio?
Doctors use it as a measure of body fat distribution and to determine whether an individual has an apple-shaped body or a pear-shaped body.
Gynoid obesity, also known as “pear-shaped” obesity, is a type of obesity that involves an excess accumulation of body fat in the lower part of the body, especially in the hips, buttocks, and thighs.
Android obesity involves the accumulation of fat in the upper part of the body, primarily in the abdomen and chest.
Both types of obesity can increase the risk of medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.