Researchers track an unlikely culprit in weight gain

In yesterday's New York Times Science section, there was an extremely interesting article entitled, "Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain." It has been known for quite some time that estrogen promotes lean body mass. At menopause, women no longer make estrogen and many patients experience the upsetting phenomenon of developing redistribution of weight to the abdomen; in medical terms known as "centripetal adiposity," or what it says in the article, turning women from "pears" to "...