People with a "pear shape" body have hips wider than their shoulders because their bodies store fat on their hips and on their thighs.
"Pear shape" bodies carry their extra weight below the waistline and do not seem to have as high a risk of developing health problems like diabetes, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, etc. compared with people with an "apple shape" body.
"Pear shape" people usually lose fat in the upper body, so their overall shape doesn't change much when they lose weight.
With time, as insulin resistance worsens, people who store fat below the belt will start accumulating it above the belt too and they will start experiencing all of the more immediate health threatening problems their apple shaped friends likely experience right now.