Meso vs. Endo Body Types

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Example of mesomorph athletic build
Example of mesomorph athletic build (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of polo99hu)

The psychologist William Sheldon divided body types into categories. He said that most people fit into one of three categories: ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph. Many people are mostly one category with a few traits of one other.

Head

Mesomorphs tend to have squarish, well-defined heads with thick hair. Endomorph heads are more rounded, and the hair is usually fine.

The head of a mesomorph is squarish and well-muscled.
The head of a mesomorph is squarish and well-muscled. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of scrap.girl@btinternet.com)

Shoulders and Chest

Mesomorphs display broad shoulders and chests, with good posture. An endomorph may have broad shoulders and a barrel chest, but the muscles may be less defined.

Endomorphs and mesomorphs both have broad shoulders.
Endomorphs and mesomorphs both have broad shoulders. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Frédéric DUPONT)

Waist

The waist of a mesomorph is proportionately small, presenting an hourglass figure in women. Endomorphs tend to carry weight in the middle, giving a rounded appearance.

Endomorphs must work harder to keep their waists proportionate.
Endomorphs must work harder to keep their waists proportionate. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

Extremities

The hands and feet of the mesomorph are proportionate, with medium-size digits, and the muscles are well-defined. Endomorphs often have small hands and feet in comparison with their height.

Hands and feet give a clue to your body type.
Hands and feet give a clue to your body type. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Sasha Wolff)

Overall

In general, the mesomorph is short to medium in height with an athletic build that adds muscle and burns fat easily. The endomorph is usually medium to tall and tends to add muscle easily but has a hard time losing fat.

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