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"Our findings support the notion that having proportionally more fat around the abdomen (a characteristic of the apple shape) appears to be more hazardous than more visceral fat, which is generally stored around the hips (the pear shape)," lead author Sanne Peters said in a statement.
Although they noted the differences in fat distribution between men and women can be attributed to sex hormones, “the potential sex differences in the functionality of each type” of fat has not been yet thoroughly explored.
That’s why they hope to continue their investigations to further examine how distinctions in men and women’s body compositions may expand their knowledge on other health conditions, especially among other age groups and races.
“Further disentangling the sexual dimorphism in adiposity,” the authors wrote, “will yield insights into the biological mechanisms and could inform sex‐specific interventions to treat and halt the obesity epidemic worldwide.”
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