New research has revealed that men and women store fat in different areas of the body for genetic reasons, and that female and male fat cells are different from one another. The findings of this new study by Deborah Clegg and colleagues, of the UT Southwestern Medical Centre were published in the International Journal of Obesity.
Even among rodents it is seen that, like humans, males and females store fat differently – while females store it around their hips, buttocks and thighs, men store fat chiefly around the midsection or the belly. This manner of fat storage is termed as a sexually dimorphic pattern.
Researchers think that the findings of the study are significant since it offers better understanding of the nature of fat deposition among women and men, since this could well help health providers and other researchers.
It may be possible that better understanding of the predisposition of fat storage could help in disease prevention – by developing the ability to manipulate where and how the fat is stored in the body, it may become possible to delay or prevent the development of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
This is because where fat is stored in the body, is an important indicator of the risk of several different kinds of diseases.