Finding your body type simple, complex
Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Updated: Saturday, September 22, 2012 23:09
The human body type has been categorized into three different types, which are called the endomorph, mesomorph and ectomorph.
Individuals are classified by his/her own body type, based on the composition of muscle and fat distribution in their body.
Candice Hastings, a junior secondary English education major from Baton Rouge, does not know what her body type is, but says there is nothing she would change about her body.
Some students believe that eating right is one way to maintain to their body type and stay healthy.
When asked what she does to keep her body like it is, Courtney Young, a sophomore accounting major from White Castle, La. said, “I eat right.” Something that Young loves about her body is her ‘flat stomach’.
Cortney Harris, a senior mass communication major from Bossier City, La., makes healthy eating choices.
Harris said his most important bodily concern is, “To eat healthy.”
In order to understand the different body types, it may help to know the difference between males and females.
Ever wonder why men’s muscles are usually bigger, wider and stronger than women’s?
According to ‘Individuality in Clothing Selection and Personal Appearance,’ “A man and woman of the same size, height and physical conditioning would never have equal muscle strength.”
The female muscle is made up of less fibers than male muscle. Women also have a thicker layer of fat around their muscles, because a higher percentage of body fat is necessary for reproductive purposes.
Now for those who are wondering what their body type may be, here is the break down. Some may be a combination of the three.
An endomorph has round, soft body parts.
According to the book,“Their thighs and upper arms are fleshy. They have an abdomen the sticks out and muscular development that is not prominent. Extreme endomorphs have a percentage of body fat and large, round bodies with short limbs. Overall, they have a larger amount of body fat.”
The second type is the mesomorph. Mesomorphs have a muscular and sturdy frame. They tend to have large chests, broad shoulders and well-developed arm and leg muscles. Their bodies contain little body fat and the arrangement of muscles the body’s most visible, pronounced feature. This type is also known as an “athletic build”.
Last but not least is the ectomorph.
The book cites, “The body of an ectomorph has lineal muscular development. It is tall and narrow with thin and long limbs. They contain a very small amount body fat and sometimes appear to be underfed. Overweight ectomorphs are presented as puffy or blown up. Gaining extra fat would make the skeletal frame seem like it disappeared.”
Aspects such as weight and height distribution play a role in causing people to have various body types.
The distribution of weight explains where the body stores fat. Ideally, body mass is evenly distributed from the spine.
Females tend to store more body fat in the thighs and hips, while male body fat is stored in the abdominal area.
Silhouettes of the body vary because of fat distribution.
Among these silhouettes, the most common are wedge, triangle, balanced and rectangle.
A wedge silhouette includes a shoulder line with that exceeds the hip width.
The triangle shape is when hip width extends beyond the shoulder width.
In the balanced appearance the hips and shoulders are equal with a smaller waist, usually nine to eleven inches smaller than the width of the hips and shoulders.
The rectangle shows little or no waist indention.
Although no two people are exactly the same, all people fit into one or a combination of these body types.