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Table 1 Nine types of human body shape defined by BMI combination with WHR

From: A novel quantitative body shape score for detecting association between obesity and hypertension in China

WHR BMI(kg/m 2 )
<24 24 ~ 28 ≥28~
male <0.85 Chilli (1) Pear (4) Big pear (7)
0.85 ~ 0.90 Chilli pear-apple (2) Pear-apple (5) Big pear-apple (8)
≥0.90 Chilli apple (3) Apple (6) Big apple (9)
female <0.80 Chilli (1) Pear (4) Big pear (7)
0.80 ~ 0.85 Chilli pear-apple (2) Pear-apple (5) Big pear-apple (8)
≥0.85 Chilli apple (3) Apple (6) Big apple (9)
  1. BMI, body mass index; WHR, waist to hip ratio.
  2. Apple shape referred to more weight around the waist (e.g. WHR greater than 0.9 in male), as BMI increases, the body shape varied from “Chilli apple”, to “Apple” and then to “Big apple”, so as the “Pear” and “Pear-apple” shape.