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Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness Hardcover – January 4, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743497139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743497138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are no pears about it. When it comes to taking control of your health the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

-- eDiets.com

"A provocative look at how body shape...can predict a woman's health future."

-- The Wall Street Journal

"[A]n effective program for diet and health, underpinned by solid scientific information."

-- Philadelphia magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marie Savard, M.D., is a nationally known internist, women's health expert, and advocate for patients' rights. She is the author of the highly acclaimed How to Save Your Own Life and the creator of The Savard Health Record. She lives in Philadelphia.

Carol Svec is a seasoned health writer and the author of three books. She lives in North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It will change your life!
Kentucky Doctor
This book was such an easy read that it was fun.
Miss Goody
Dr. Marie Savard is brilliant.
Jane Bursky

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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Jumping for June on June 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you're an apple shape you won't feel very good about yourself after reading this book. The book goes into detail about all the various apple related health problems - cardiovascular, reproductive, even psychological (apparently, apple shapes suffer from more stress and depression - yet pear shapes suffer from more body image problems?!?) Additionally, there seemed to be a lot of words of encouragement for pears and virtually none for apples - and since apples are apparently at such a higher risk for all of these unpleasant conditions (again, everything from psycholgical to hormonal to vascular) aren't we the ones that need the words of encouragement? It didn't make me feel too good to read that even if I lose as much weight as I possibly can (and do it in the healthiest manner possible), I'm still an apple shape and therefore still at a higher risk for the above said problems. I find that hard to believe.

If you're pear shaped and don't like your body, read this book - I guarantee you'll feel better about yourself after. If you're apple shaped, DO NOT read this book. It will only make you feel worse. If you're an apple who has struggled with your weight for years (like me) you most likely know that carrying excess weight around your middle is not healthy - you don't need to read a whole book devoted to explaining how bad it is.

If you're an apple shape looking for advice on whittling your waistline, read The Abs Diet instead.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By V. Midkiff on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book when I was frustrated over hitting a plateau and couldn't understand why things weren't working. Afterall, I was exercising five days, sometimes six, a week. I was eating low-carb and not getting to my goal. I've always known I was an apple girl, but I didn't know what to do with that information. Dr. Savard's book really put me at ease and opened my eyes! I now have real, honest advice that is not another gimmick. And it's about so much more than your diet...it's about your overall health as a woman. I've lost half an inch around my waist and I feel less cranky and tired. I'm relieved to know that apples can have healthy bread and eat fruit! So, it's an apple a day for me. :-)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've never been so happy about my big thighs! That in itself is a reason to read this book!

Otherwise, this is a great book for all women wanting answers about their health today and wanting a prediction about what is likely to happen to them in the future. Who knew body shape was so predictive! You'll never look at the world the same again. After reading this book, I wander around looking at women saying to myself... you're an Apple, Apple, Pear, Pear, Pear... it's so fun.

Learn what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends. This book is fun, easy to read and you learn SO much.

Definate buy!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Gilbert on January 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dr Savard's newest book, Apples and Pears, is a five star sensation both for its content and style. It is truly ground-breaking in positioning body shape as both a predictor of medical risk and guide for many medical and health decisions and choices for women. The book synthesizes an enormous amount of research on women's health and "connects the dots" as it relates to the fundamental issue of body shape. Not only is the book a wealth of empowering information, it is written in a disarmingly engaging style. It feels like you're in a private conversation with Dr Savard, sitting in her office, reviewing and discussing your personal health history, concerns and priorities! I believe we will see the influence of Dr Savard's work on many levels, including in the offices of many enlightened physicians throughout the nation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The program in this book is so easy and produces great results. I have been on it for 8 weeks and have lost 3.25 inches around my waist, 7 pounds and lowered my cholesterol by 33 points. It is easy to read and understand with simple charts for knowing what to eat. No more measuring or counting calories. The concept is to concentrate on losing inches instead of pounds for optimal health. I thought that I had no choice but to be a fat apple after gaining 1" in waist size for each pound gained after menapause. I thought this was my heredity and destiny, based on the body shapes of my mother an aunts. Not so, I am finding out. I would highly recommend this book and program to anyone interested in reducing there waist size and having a heart healthy, body.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Sutton on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Apples and Pears" has helped me to learn how to love my body and its pear shape. The book is written in a way that it seems as if Dr. Savard is talking with the reader personally about her body. Clear information is provided on the connection between shape, health, and eating. I especially like the advice on food and exercise; this is so much more than a diet book - it is a life plan for how to take care of the body we have each been given. Thank you, Dr. Savard and Carol Svec!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary D on February 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Dr.Savard's book and I couldn't wait to get to the grocery store and stock up on healthy foods that will fit into a busy lifestlye with ease. I had some concept of how to eat right and exercise, but with all the fad diets out there I was not certain how to "put it all together." Dr. Savard's book was a lightbulb moment--everything fell into place, and I feel confident I can lose inches, and feel great while enjoying old foods and new ideas on eating. When she suggested to put the scale our of sight and mind--I was intrigued. Buy this book--it will simplify your life and make you feel confident as you navigate the "diet jungle" out there.
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