Apples and Pears: The Difference Between Android and Gynoid Obesity

You might think that all body fat is the same, but where your fat accumulates on your body can significantly affect a number of health risks and concerns. The two main types of fat distribution are android and gynoid obesity, and each presents in its own way and has varying associated health implications. Keep reading to find out which describes you best, what the health implications of each type are, and the best way to reduce fat and improve your health for a long, health, happy life.

Android Obesity

Those with android obesity are often referred to as “apple-shaped,” because the fat accumulation occurs primarily in the upper body around the torso, with fat deposits distributed throughout the midsection, stomach, chest, and arms. Android obesity is usually seen in men, and is commonly associated with health issues like diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and sleep apnea.

Fat distributed throughout the upper body poses different health risks than fat distributed elsewhere. Android obesity is correlated with visceral fat, which is the fat inside your abdomen concentrated around your organs, like your liver, stomach, and intestines. (This is contrasted to subcutaneous fat, which is fat that is found just below the skin.) Visceral fat is associated with the proteins and hormones that cause inflammation, leading to damage to organs and arteries, which is why android obesity carries a higher risk of the diseases mentioned above.

Gynoid Obesity

Gynoid obesity is what’s generally referred to as a “pear-shaped” body, where the fat accumulation is concentrated around the hips and buttocks. Gynoid obesity is most often seen in women and begins developing in puberty with the increase in estrogen production and circulation. Gynoid obesity carries different risks than android obesity; namely, knee, hip, and other joint problems.

Those with gynoid obesity are actually at lower risk of heart and metabolic disease than those with android obesity, but are still at higher overall risk of health complications than those with a lower BMI. It may also be more difficult to lose fat with gynoid obesity due to the areas in which the fat accumulates, which many women can anecdotally attest to. Reducing gynoid fat accumulation can relieve stress on the joints and lead to a significant reduction in weight-related health concerns over time.


Whether you’re apple-shaped or pear-shaped, carrying excess fat can lead to serious health problems. Everyone, regardless of size or shape, can benefit from an increase in exercise and a diet that’s nutritionally optimized to give your body all of the nutrients it needs to keep functioning at peak performance. Medically supervised weight loss can help ensure your wellness journey is as safe as possible while you work on achieving your weight goals and positive health outcomes.

If you’re ready to start taking control of your health, Oceanside Medical is here to help. Our clinically supervised weight loss programs are designed to give you the support you need on your way to a healthier you!

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Posted by Oceanside Medical on Tuesday, February 14, 2023
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