Where you store your fat is almost as important as how much body fat you have overall. As I have mentioned in numerous blogs, body fat acts as active biological tissue. It releases hormones and increases the risk of various diseases. There are two shapes defined by the location of fat storage; apple and pear shaped. Apple shaped people store fat around their midsection and waist. Think of older men with huge protruding stomachs. Pear shaped people store fat around their hips, thighs, and butts, and less around their waist. Many women fit this description.