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    An_201900 posted:
    I am 22 years old. I have weight the same since I was 12. I am 115 pounds standing at 5'4". However, my weight tends to only go to the hips, thighs and butt. I would like some of the weight to go up.. I have tried everything I can think of. It's not a self image problem, I would just like to look healthier. The bones in my collar bone, spine and ribcage can be seen, especially in the collar bone and spine which stick out alot I should say. Is there anything I could try that you suggest can help me kind of evenly place the body fat or have the body fat lean more upwards?

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    Duckblind responded:
    From what you describe - YOUR NORMAL.
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP responded:
    Hi and thanks for your posting. At 5'4" and 112 pounds you are completely normal. Your problem is not your weight. It's your dissatisfaction with your body fat distribution. You're shaped like a pear and you'd rather be more like an hour glass. You want more slender hips, thighs and buttocks. Look at the women in your family. What do they look like? There's a pretty good chance you're the spittin' image of one of them and she's a pear.

    Your goal is to be the best pear you can. That means the best shape shifting comes from a concerted and combined effort with cardio (intensity intervals) and weight lifting. Meet up with a trainer just once and have them show you what you need to do to trim the thighs and buttocks and become more lean and fit. You'll be a lean and fit pear because that is your genetic destiny. Many top level female athletes have this shape and they've done just fine.

    Beware getting too hung up on this, as you'll develop a body image problem in a major way. If you're really having issues with this, sit down with a body image expert (licensed social worker or psychologist who specializes in this) and have them help guide you. Meanwhile, get to your physical training and nourish your body with whole foods.

    Dr. Peeke
    chocoholic4ever responded:
    The way body fat is distributed is actually based on genetics. So, unfortunatly, there is no way to "move" the fat to any specific area. You have a pear shape, meaning that your body fat naturally distributes itself mainly to the lower area of your body. But on the subject of you looking unhealthy: people tend to be over critical of themselves when looking in the mirror, you probably look very healthy but just don't see it yourself because you're too preoccupied by a very natural and common way body fat is distributed. If it's any help, the pear shape is one of the most healthiest shapes to have!

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