One guide I have been using to tell me if I really am gaining a lot of weight is a ring around my 2nd last finger on my right hand, if I can slip it on and off without any resistance then I'm fine, however I've been basing this from the notion that if I gain weight it's proportionally distributed around my body, as such, if I get fatter so do my fingers

So I am wondering, is fat distributed proportionally around the body (ie. if your waist gets bigger then your fingers will get bigger along with it)?

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    $\begingroup$ What about simply using scales to track your weight? However, this is of course separate from the fat distribution question (to which I suspect the answer is no), but it would save you some trouble. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 23 '13 at 10:00

@fileunderwater's suggestion to use a scale is probably the best answer you could get, but looking at this broadly, the answer is no. The oft-referenced apple and pear shapes are indeed very real and have medical consequences. One of the issues is that there are sex differences in fat distribution. There is no evidence I can find that finger fat is a good correlate of overall body fat, although admittedly yours could be. It is also likely a function of how much overweight you were when you began the "experiment" i.e. the relationship probably isn't linear.

That being said, in men the ratio of the length of the second and fourth digits are otherwise meaningful.


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