February 27, 2016

Whether you’re an apple or a pear, beware: excess fat needs to come off.

This might not be such good news for singers from LL Cool J to Sir Mix-A-Lot and even country music star Trace Adkins, who all sing about women with well-endowed bottoms.

A study done by University of California Health System, published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, has been getting some hype.

It revealed that fat samples taken from the buttocks area had “terribly abnormal” proteins, said Ishwarlal Jialal, a University of California Davis professor of pathology and laboratory and internal medicine, who led the study. The study, which will be published in the journal’s March 2013 print edition, but can already be found online, focused on metabolic syndrome and not specifically on pear-shaped or apple-shaped people, Jialal said.

“It was simply to understand inflammation, which is a big issue for heart disease and diabetes,” he said. It was funded by the American Diabetes Foundation.

Not so simple

“The common consensus is that it (gluteal fat) is healthy, protected fat. It’s not as simple as that. The gluteal fat was making gross dysregulation,” he said. “Common belief is that abdominal fat is noxious and gluteal fat is innocent. This is not so.”

Apple-shaped people, with heavier middles, were long thought to be at higher risk for diabetes and heart disease than people who have bigger hips, thighs and buttocks. Doctors and nutritionists point out that both shapes are at risk for diseases, and overweight people need to lose the extra pounds, regardless of their body shapes.

“Metabolic syndrome affects one in three American adults and confers a higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” according to the UC Davis study. People who have metabolic syndrome have three risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and an increase in glucose levels, which can translate into cardiovascular disease or diabetes, Jialal said.

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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN

Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT promotes nutrition and wellness as an author, media spokesperson, motivational speaker, and corporate consultant. Erin is the author of the newly released “Belly Fat Diet for Dummies” (Wiley 2012) as well as the creator and author of the Healthy 'n Fit Weight Management Program and the Healthy Resolutions Weight Management Program. She also serves as the featured expert in the #1 best selling diabetes Ipad App “Diabetes: What Now” by Everydayhealth and is the featured nutrition expert on the weekly syndicated health show KnowMoreTV.