By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

September 21, 2020

In classes that I’ve taken in biochemistry and physiology, the professors and the textbooks tend to describe fat storage in adult males as “apple” shaped and that in women as “pear” shaped.

The technical terms are “android pattern storage” (men) and “gynecoid pattern storage” (women).

After puberty, males tend to store fat in and on their abdomens and upper bodies, whereas women store it around their breasts, hips and thighs. These storage characteristics lead to the apple and pear shape analogies. Of course, there are exceptions and some women will store fat in an android pattern, so it isn’t iron-clad for either gender.

Another interesting fact is that upper body fat deposition occurs more due to hypertrophy of the cells that are already there, whereas in the lower body, it’s due more to fat cell differentiation (hyperplasia), meaning that it’s more difficult to lose weight deposited in the lower body.



専門用語では“android pattern storage”(男性型肥満)と“gynecoid pattern storage”(女性型肥満)と言う。