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The Three Types of Body Shapes

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Nov 28, 2007

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The definition people use to describe a body type varies, but in general; it is the shape of the body. In the 1940s, shape analysis separated the body type into three unique types. This division is known as somatotype, and the three types are endomorphs, mesomorphs, and ectomorphs. The body shape you have will depend greatly on genetics, but diet and exercise could change that. To begin, you should decide what body shape you have.


The Three Body Shapes

Endomorphs body types are more heavily boned and has less muscle than fat. This body usually will have more fat in the abdomen region and shorter legs. This body shape also usually has larger breast. Many times these people will have trouble with losing weight.

Mesomorphs body types are more muscular, with the weight evenly proportioned. This body shape will usually have wide shoulders and hips and a smaller waists. If your body is considered this body shape, you will usually gain weight in the areas of the thigh and hip. This type along with the first one is more common.

Ectomorphs body shapes are slim and long with smaller hips and waist. This shape has small bone structure. These people will normally have longer legs than bodies. They could have problems gaining weight.

Body Shape and You

Most people will have a combination of two of the body types. These people will have a body shape more dominant of one type, over the other type. In unique circumstances, a few will have only one body type, but this is not found often. When you discover your body shape, it can assist you in your health habits. You will know if diet and exercise will allow weight loss or gain, for you.

Do not dwell on what type you are, but rather be aware of it. There are many shapes of people in the world and thin, certainly does not qualify you as being healthy. There are some that are slender and very unhealthy. A perfect figure does not truly exist, as there is no right or wrong body type. Everyone is different and this is what makes each person special and unique.

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