Pear-shaped genes uncovered

The parts of our DNA which may influence body shape, including the classic “apple” or “pear” shape in women, have been revealed.

A UK study in Nature Genetics found the locations of 13 genes which may play a role, with a stronger effect in women.

Where body fat lies may affect diabetes and heart disease risk, so the results could shed light on those diseases.

A British Heart Foundation spokesman said the findings could lead to new dietary advice or medicines.

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