Why some people are born to have a beer belly

It's that time of the year when a middle-aged person's fancy turns to treadmills and diets.

Scientific literature on excess weight and health is expanding along with global waistlines, and yet, it's hard to find a solid, coherent scientific explanation for why some people get fat and others don't, and why some overweight people get Type 2 diabetes and heart disease and others don't.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2019, with the headline 'Why some people are born to have a beer belly'. Print Edition | Subscribe