GYNAEOID / PEAR SHAPED BODY TYPE
Curvaceous hips with a tapered, small waist are the
prominent features for Gynaeoid women.
They have small to medium shoulders and the breasts vary in
size. The hips and thighs curve outwards and weight
gain occurs only below the waistline.
Gynaeoid women tend to have a predominance of the
female hormone oestrogen, (oestrogen dominance) which targets the uterine region, the
hips, thighs and breasts. Excessive oestrogens promote fat deposition around the lower
parts of the body as well as cellulite. If weight loss is attempted by following a very low
fat low calorie diet, there is a reduction from the breasts, shoulders and arms etc., but
alas not from the thighs and buttocks.
Gynaeoid body shapes are characterized by a pear shape, with the body flaring
outwards towards the hips and thighs. The buttocks are curved and rounded and the
thighs are curved outwards laterally and may touch together on the inside or medial
aspect. The bottom has a tendency to droop downwards (posterially) over the back of
the thighs. The waist is tapered and smaller than the hips giving a feminine
Even if obesity occurs, the forearms and shins remain relatively fine and slim with fat
tissue accumulating firstly on the thighs, buttocks, breasts and later over the lower
abdomen in front of the pubic bones. The bones of the pelvic cavity are wide, thus
giving rise to the term “good childbearing hips”.
This group tends to crave foods that combine fats and sugars, which combined in the
same foods, will increase the body’s sensitivity to oestrogen, leading to weight gain and
perhaps cellulite on the hips, buttocks and thighs.
Avoid creamy foods and dairy; like ice-cream, cream cheese, cheese cake, yogurt and
those types of foods.
Eat high-fiber fruit and vegetables, combined with protein to increase satiation and help
Proteins should be included at each meal or snake on them, to improve the hormonal
balance of insulin and glucagons, which helps to control blood sugar levels.
Phytoestrogenic supplements and foods rich in phytoestrogens should be included such
as soy beans, alfalfa, parsley, chickpeas, mung beans, whole beans.
Gynaeoid body shapes benefit from walking, jogging, swimming and cycling.