Basic Question – Do body shapes change as we grow older / fatter / slimmer? Post pregnancy, my hips are definitely wider than my chest, but it wasn’t always so….
To answer – YES they do.
As noted an 8 shape when carrying extra weight may turn more H shape, or may just become a more pronounced 8 shape.
An X shape may (especially after menopause if not very long waisted) become an H shape if weight is put on through the stomach or may become more like an A shape if weight is put on the hips/bottom.
V shapes may become more H shape, or possibly even X shape with extra weight.
H shapes are more likely to become O shapes with extra weight
A very overweight X shape could also turn into an O shape (as could pretty much every other shape)
I shapes may put on weight through the hips and become more A in shape.
Body shape comes from your skeleton. It relates to the broadness of your pelvis, the distance between your rib cage and your pelvis, the width of your shoulder bones, the shape of your rib cage (when you’re pregnant, your rib cage expands due to the hormone relaxin, this may be another reason why don’t have the same defined waist post-pregnancy).
The distance between my rib cage (at the front of my body, but near the side of my body) and my hip bone (that bone that sticks out a little at the front, a little below your belly button level) is all of 1 inch – so there is no way I can ever have a waist, no matter how much weight I lose – there isn’t the space. Yet I see clients every day who have between 6 -8 inches who have lovely defined waists.
Some people’s rib cages taper toward the waist which gives them a more defined waist, even if they don’t have a big gap between ribs and hip, others (like mine) are pretty straight, so less waist is possible.