Trick question! It’s not apple versus pear anymore. Recent studies show that people with lots of visceral fat-the kind that surrounds your organs, promoting inflammation-are much more likely to develop heart disease than those with subcutaneous fat, which is stored just beneath the skin and does far less subversive things (like pad your butt). You can’t tell who has what just by looking. Like most undesirable things, visceral fat increases as we age-but can be kept in check with diet and exercise.
Source: Prevention magazine July 2014