Those who have an apple-shape body (carry most fat around the trunk) have long been considered more at risk of developing conditions linked with obesity such as heart disease and diabetes than pear-shaped individuals who carry weight predominantly in the buttocks, hips and thighs.
However, the latest research suggests that pear shaped individuals do not get off as lightly as they had hoped and that the protective benefits of carrying more fat in the lower half of the body are more myth than fact.
Gluteal adipose tissue (buttock fat) has been found to secrete abnormal levels of the proteins Chemerin and Omentin-1 which can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Carrying excessive amounts of body fat is a danger to your health no matter where you store it.
Jialil I, Devaraj S, Kaur H, Adams-Huet B, Bremer AA, Increased Chemerin and Decreased Omentin-1 in Both Adipose Tissue and Plasma in Nascent Metabolic Syndrome, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2013; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-3673.