Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have been successful in
pin-pointing a protein 11BetaHSD1 which determines how fat is stored in the
body, which may help explain why some people are apple shaped and others pear
shaped. In apple shaped body type (unhealthy fat is stored around the torso)
levels of this protein tend to be higher. In pear shaped people (fat is stored
around the hips) the fat is used by the body as a source of energy more safely.
The research is opening better ways to treat obesity. Scientists are trying
to develop medicines that inhibit this protein, which is known to raise the levels
of hormones linked to obesity.
The research is published in the journal Diabetes.