For women, fat usually accumulates around the hips, resulting in a pear-shaped look. In men, fat tends to build up around the abdomen, creating an apple shape.
As it turns out, it’s healthier to be a pear than an apple.
A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found that only male mice experienced neuroinflammation, or activation of the immune system’s response in the brain, after being fed a high-fat diet. While females were unaffected, males showed low testosterone and reduced sperm count, in addition to neuroinflammation.
Increased obesity is a public health concern in the United States, where more than 30 percent of people are obese, and more than two-thirds are overweight.
Advice from Djurdjica Coss, the lead researcher: ‘Watch your diet! And keep an eye on body weight, particularly around the abdomen.’
For more information, please visit: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2018/09/12/among-body-shapes-pears-are-healthier-apples