BODY SHAPE CALCULATER

Find out your body shape, simply enter your measurements into our Body Shape Calculater…

Your Body Shape:

Bust Size:

Waist Size:

Hip Size:

Body Shape Calculater

Journey To A Better Life

Most Common Body Shapes

1. Apple (Triangle Downward)

Apple-shaped women have broader shoulders and bust, and narrower hips.

2. Banana, Or Straight (Rectangular)

Banana-shaped women’s waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hip or bust measurement.

3. Pear, Spoon, or Bell (Triangle Upward)

Pear-shaped women’s hip measurements are greater than their bust measurements.

4. Hourglass Shape (Triangles Opposing, Facing In)

Here, the hip and bust are almost of equal size, with a narrow waist.

A study of more than 6,000 women conducted at North Carolina State University in 2005 revealed that 46% of women were banana-shaped; just over 20% were pear-shaped; just under 14% were apple-shaped; and only 8% were hourglass-shaped. The hourglass is normally accepted as the “ideal” female shape in Western countries.

Research suggests that apple-shaped women have the highest risk of heart disease, while hourglass-shaped women have the lowest. Diabetes professionals say that women with a waist measurement of over 80cm (32 inches) have a higher risk of heart disease due to body fat buildup around the waist, which poses a higher health risk than fat buildup at the hips.

Posture

Extra weight can also weaken the abdominal muscles, causing problems for the spine and pelvis, contributing to low back pain. All of these can affect posture.

Good posture not only protects your back, but it can also improve your appearance. Follow these guidelines for correct posture while standing:

  • – Your head, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should be in a line
  • – Your shoulders should be square, not rounded
  • – Hold your pelvis in mid-position with a slight hollow in the low back
  • – Keep your knees relaxed, not locked straight
  • – Place your feet a few inches apart with your weight evenly distributed

 

Have a look at the Guide to Good Posture for more great advice regarding posture.

Good posture doesn’t come overnight, you have to work at it!