According to any accepted, modern anatomy science book or reference, the typical human body type (Body Type One/BT1), with properly developed posture (spinal/vertebrae extension), muscles, and muscle mass, has a shape that looks like this:
But the truth of the matter is, not every human body has this “typical” shape. In fact, more people than not do not have this typical body type or shape. Why, and how does body type affect shape and day-to-day living?
The Four (4) Body Types – Shape, Posture, Vertebrae, Muscles, Muscle Mass
The spine/spinal column and 33/26 vertebrae (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 1 sacrum, 1 coccyx), along with the 200+ bones (generally 270 at birth, 206 by adulthood) make up the scaffolding and structure of the typical human body. All of which any “normal” human body has properly developed if their genetics/DNA functions as intended. The same is true about the roughly 640 or so muscles (some figures say up to 840).
However, as science continues to truly grow and move beyond outdated concepts and ways of doing things to acquire more accurate knowledge, scientists are finding that some human bodies are more prone to obesity from birth.
Of course, diet, exercise, and lifestyle will account for at least some of these discrepancies, but most certainly not all of them. Fellow One Research’s The Four Body Types research has been working now for nearly two decades to better understand such discrepancies. Vertebrae (posture) and muscles/muscle mass development (or lack thereof) along with skinny fat (thin fat, cellulite, crepey skin, saggy/loose skin, normal weight obesity) have risen to the forefront as key variables in understanding why body type shape varies so dramatically across so many human bodies.
Why Calories are Not the Only Important Variable Relative to Body Type Shape & Obesity – Vertebrae/Posture, Muscle/Mass, Skinny Fat
As more attention is given to and scientific research is brought forward in terms of body type shape and being obese, one would think that both childhood and adult obesity cases would have improved. Especially over the past 20 years as diet , exercise, and lifestyle have become better understood and implemented, at least in first-world countries. However, the scientific evidence simply does not support this conclusion to date.
Obesity is actually on the rise and continues to be a very serious worldwide health epidemic, which significantly impacts affordable healthcare, or lack thereof.
The idea that the main fundamental cause of obesity and being overweight/fat is due to an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended, all be it a viable variable in things, just does not add up relative to the whole. There are other body type shape variables that are not being given the credence and attention they deserve to help truly understand, wrangle, and overcome the global obesity epidemic. Aside from diet, exercise, lifestyle, BMI, and hormones, at least five of those important variables are genetics/DNA, vertebrae/posture, muscles/muscle mass, skinny fat, and metabolism.
How Genetics/DNA, Metabolism, Posture, Skinny Fat, and Muscles/Muscle Mass Affect Weight & Body Type Shape
The more properly developed muscle and muscle mass that one has on their body altogether, usually the less skinny fat and fat they have and more the efficient their metabolism is overall. Both passive/resting (Mifflin-St Jeor BMR/Basal Metabolic Rate) and active (Harris-Benedict BMR for Activity) metabolic rate/metabolism are key elements in burning calories, and thus fat, to keep obesity in check. Muscle goes hand-in-hand with each specific vertebra in the spinal column, directly influencing posture, shape, and human body type (The Four Body Types) as a whole.
In turn, all of this affects weight gain, loss, management, maintenance, and the obesity roller coaster ride.
A genetically blessed person with a Body Type One, which has all 26 (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 1 sacrum, 1 coccyx) vertebrae fully developed with proper muscle and muscle mass, by default has a more efficient metabolism and symmetrical body shape from day one. They have a much lower propensity towards skinny fat and obesity and a much higher tendency to have fully developed muscle mass over the span of their lifetime, with minimal effort. This is why Body Type One (BT1) Celebrity Hollywood A-list stars like Halle Berry, Sean Penn, and Elizabeth Hurley have such body type shapes, and thus, higher tendencies to look so fantastically symmetrical and healthy, even well into their 50’s and beyond (yes, some do plastic surgery, but not all).
Why Body Type Matters
As proper vertebrae and muscle mass development declines and skinny fat increases across Body Type Two (BT2), Three (BT3), and Four’s (BT4), the propensity to be overweight, fat, and obese goes up. This is due to the fact that metabolism becomes less efficient, as one pound of muscle burns six calories daily but one pound of skinny fat/fat only burns two to three. Which directly affects posture and body shape.
This is why celebrities as well as average people in a BT2, BT3, or BT4 (like Rebel Wilson), regardless of age, can work super diligently on their diet, exercise, and lifestyle over time yet still only hope to look like one of those Body Type One (BT1) A-list celebrities. Skinny fat directly, negatively influences muscles and each of the vertebra that houses those muscles, and ultimately, the shape of the body. Body type matters.
Body Type, Soul, Star Power, IT Factor
Statistically speaking, with how many Body Type One people there are in the world, why are there so few A-List celebrities? Enter the soul and soul energy. Soul energy is the accumulated energy over lifetimes lived. The more soul energy one has, the more star power (talent, skill, ability) and IT Factor (charisma, presence, charm) the person commands and exudes (AKA old soul). The more aggregate soul energy, the more energy the soul/person has to be held by the human body.
Muscle, the armor of the human body, not only helps determine body shape but is also what holds energy and stands heat the best. It also directly affects consciousness and manifestation. Fat can hold some energy and stand at least a little heat, but nowhere near as much or as well as properly developed muscle/mass. This is why you are much less likely to see an overweight or obese Body Type Two, Three, or Four A-List star. And why skinny fat and the obesity paradox are vital variables in all of this as well.
How Body Type Shape & Soul Energy Influences Holding the Energy
The more properly developed vertebrae (posture), muscle, and muscle mass, and the more cumulative soul energy the soul residing within the specific human body type commands, the higher the probability that soul/person can hold the energy and stand the heat in day-to-day life and achieve A-list level celebrity status. A hurricane is one of the most powerful natural events on Earth. The amount of energy it packs as it makes landfall is comparable to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb detonating every 20 minutes.
Recent photos of a few remaining houses on beaches after hurricanes sum up holding the energy and standing the heat very well. Think of each house in those images as a Body Type One (or maybe one of the smaller ones as a BT2 with profound soul energy). They survived the hurricane because they were able to truly hold the energy and stand the heat.
All the other houses were either BT2, BT3, or BT4’s, or a BT1 that was lacking the soul energy to hold the energy and stand the heat. This is why even most people with a BT1 fail to become A-list level stars – they lack the combined, necessary soul energy (star power & IT Factor) and body type to truly hold the energy and stand the heat when it really matters. Any successful Hollywood casting agent, no less, who has a very keen sense of both star power and IT factor relative to auditions, can verify this fact.