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Are Body Types Inherited?

Are You Destined to Have Your Mother's Body?

Like mother, like daughter, right? When I look at old photos of my mom at my age, we look exactly alike. Some children resemble their parents so closely that there's no doubt in your mind that they're related. So does that mean a woman is destined to grow up to look like her mom, and inherit the same body type, whether it be wide hips, large thighs, or a flat tush?

One finding proved that apple-shaped bodies are more likely to be seen passed down through family trees than pear-shaped and thin frames. That's because it's not just your mother's genes you inherit, but also your father's. Since men usually store fat in their bellies, this body shape can often be passed on to his children.

Don't worry just yet if you're not too psyched about growing up to look like your parents. The good news is that although your inherited genes may determine up to 80 percent of your weight and shape, you're not destined to have a tire around your waist just because your mom does. Your environment and personal choices also play a major role. Another good point to bring up is that your mother's generation wasn't encouraged to exercise like women are today, so a regular exercise routine can make a huge difference in what your body looks like when you reach your mother's age.

Tell me, do you already see your mother or father's shape when you look in the mirror?

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inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I actually got my body mostly from my dads side. My mom and sister both have small breast, and some how I'm a D! haha. We went to my dads family reunion, and my mom was like well it looks like you got your boobs from your dad!! =) My mom and sister are more similar in body shape compared to me and her.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
The only thing I got from my mom was her kick ass legs....really nicely shaped! She is super flat-chested, so always jokes that she is lucky my dad is a leg-man! I have a nice bustline which she gives me hell about ("don't know WHERE you got that"), but my mom was always rail thin, even after 4 kids. I am in shape, but always pack on weight in my upper back and abdomen, never hips or butt. I don't know where I got that, but am always jealous that she can eat like a hog and never gain an ounce, even to this day, and she is 73!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I'm basically a smaller version of my mother. She's closer to 5'10 while I'm 5'4, and she's heavier than I am, but basically the same shape--huge hips, butt, and legs, small chest... She was definitely closer to my size when she was my age, but hopefully I won't follow in her path and get heavier, but I think that's going to be tough, though I will try.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I don't have my Mom's body, but I wouldn't mind it at all (she's 52 and a size 0/2). My body type comes from my Dad's side of the family. I have arms that I can't get rid of, even though the rest of my body is well proportioned. My Oldest Sis and I are like my Dad's side, my other sister and brother carry weight like my Mom's side. My middle sister had 28DDD naturally (had reduction), my Mom, oldest sister, and I have C's. The DDD's came from my Mom's Mom. I absolutely think body type is inherited, but I think there are some steps you can take to avoid weight gain in the future (as Tres said). I carry weight on my hips, thighs, and arms, but I know if I worked out more, I could get them toned down. I eat pretty healthy (vegetarian), but know if I cut back on sugar, I would see more results with my current workout.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
My mom and I have completely different body types (she's 5'9", I'm 5'3"), but we recently went through all my grandma's photos of the ages and I realized we have completely matched body types. It's uncanny. Looking at her body now feels like looking into the future. Thankfully, she's incredibly healthy and active so I'm energized about what lies ahead.
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
not sure. both my mother and her mother are very round and apple shaped. they both have breasts larger than DD. i am nothing like that. i have a 34A chest and an athletic body type. the only thing slightly similar to my mom would be slightly wider hips and bigger thighs. i wish i inherited at least half of my mom's chest! i keep telling her i'm waiting for mine to blossom!
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I've inherited my mom's thin frame and flat chest, however I have wider hips and a much curvier butt. My aunts always comment on who did I get it from :P My dad does not have a flat butt for a guy, so I guess I must have inherited that from him.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I wished I was destine to have my mother's body. The women is 57 years old and couldn't look better. She has the body of a 20 year old, and she doesn't exercise, and has a great ass! I have my aunt's body, that's why I have to be extra careful because, unlike my mother, she can't eat whatever she wants without exercising and still be a size two and still have the best ass you have ever seen. Don't you hate lucky people like that?
Retro23 Retro23 7 years
I have the same body as my mom, except I'm taller. LOVE it, petite hourglass with a teeny waist. trouble spot: hips and thighs, nothing major but everyone has something that bugs 'em.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think I have my mom's body, but I definitely have my grandma's (dad's mom's) body. Short, muscular, small-busted and very athletic-looking. My aunt and my cousin both have her body as well. My sis looks more like my mom, who is very pear-shaped with a big butt. Maybe if I were to gain weight, I'd look more like my mom because I tend to carry my extra weight in my thighs and hips.
HotBod HotBod 7 years
My mum was a plumpish teenager - same as me. My dad is a country boy - working the land, huntin', shootin' and fishin' in the Jamaican countryside' - and even at 70, his muscles ripple. Both of them are a little slower, but still healthy and active for elderly people (69 and 74 respectively) and they look about 15 years younger - what a great legacy! So I have their proportionate bodies and tendency towards thickness in the waist, but when I work out regularly - POW! I'm strong, I look it, and I love it. But when I don't, I get fat and it shows - and it takes a lot of work to look decent as I know I'll never be thin. If my folks' old pictures are anything to go by I've definitely inherited great legs from them both - shapely, defined and straight. One time I was dressed to go out and was wearing Duke-esque shorts, and they called me back before I left: 'Hey, where are you going dressed like that? Let's see what you're wearing...' I thought I was going to get The Lecture but they looked at each other and said, 'Wow, look at those legs! We passed on some great genes right there' and started practically high-fiving each other :-)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't have my mom's body at all. Both she and my sister are busty with larger stomachs and I'm definitely more of an hour-glass. I'm busty (but not quite as busty as them), with a large butt and large thighs. The last place I gain weight is my stomach! My dad does have a bit of a gut, but I guess my body type is more like his. We both have naturally muscular legs and arms.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't resemble my mom (in looks or body shape) at all. She's 5'5 and curvy, whereas my dad and I are both tall and skinny. Before my dad started working out, he had a huge beer belly. The first place I gain weight is my stomach as well, so I guess I did inherit his body type. It just goes to show you, though, that genetics can easily be overcome because my dad went from being a definite apple shape to losing about 50 lbs and having no noticeable belly, just by adding an hour of exercise every day.
cfp cfp 7 years
I see my dad every time I look in the mirror. He's overweight, but also has a really muscular and broad body type. The women in his family look the same, overweight in a stocky kind of way, and are VERY busty. I do what I can to exercise and avoid being overweight and looking like them, but I am so afraid that in 10 years, I'm going to look like that, too. But 80% determined by family doesn't make me feel better about all the work I do, Fit.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
I think it skipped a generation because, for the most part, I have my grandmother's (on my mom's side) body type.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 7 years
I have to look back 3 generations to find my body type. My mom's a classic pear as is her mom. I'm an hourglass. The women on my dad's side are mostly apples, some pear.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes, I am. The difference is that my chest is bigger, and I've never been pregnant. The rest -- the petite hourglass, height, skin tone, big head (yes, I have a big head for my body :)) are the same. :)
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
i've noticed this similarity between mum's and daughters (and sons) when it comes to people who are more top heavy with narrow hips; whether for better or worse, I haven't inherited my mum's petite hourglass shape and am instead a taller, leaner, more athletic pear - in fact, I don't think I have inherited a single physical feature or trait from my mum, so who knows
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
completely. i have the widest set of hips, when i lost weight they stuck out so badly. they also pack on the pounds too when i put weight back on! we're also a very busty group of women, we have italian genetics to thank for that.
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