I've also been "blessed" with this body shape.
Apparently, this is one of the symptoms of my PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). As a teen, I always wondered why I was never satisfied with my body. I always felt fat, even when others claimed I wasn't that big. I never felt like I belonged in a dress. To this day, I would still choose skirts over dresses, if I still wore them. I haven't worn a dress since the 7th grade. I let go of skirts at age 17. I always felt that my shoulders were too broad, and I always tried to cover my stomach. I still hide my stomach very well in my lose fitting shirts. I've always had back rolls, and I always felt less than feminine. The only thing my body seemed to do right was develop boobs. When they became too large, I decided that I was no longer satisfied with those, either.
I remember asking this very shapely girl how her hips became so wide and full. I also let her know that I wanted to have wider hips.
She replied with a chuckle "It'll just happen on it's own." I never understood why my hips weren't wider. Especially since my mother had been blessed with the hourglass figure. (or maybe it was pear). I remember her telling me stories about how she had such a pretty shape and what others would say about it. She even told me one time "You haven't developed in the hips yet. I think you're going to have a straight shape." I was very young (not even a teen yet) but for some reason this really bothered me. To this day, I am extremely embarassed by my figure. Don't get me wrong, I am crazy about my mom, but that comment just stuck with me in a negative way. I felt that if I wasn't shaped like she was, my body wasn't going to be good enough.
It also didn't help when my child's father told me that I was built wrong, a few months after I had given birth to his baby. SMH
Still trying to figure out why they call this shape the "apple" shape.
I thought apples were supposed to be good for you.