Sitting could produce more fat cells

December 5, 2011 2:54:42 PM PST
Despite a good diet and exercise, sitting around may actually produce more fat cells in certain parts of the body.

New research in the journal Cell Physiology suggests the pressure placed on the backside and hips from long periods of sitting can generate up to 50 percent more fat in those areas.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University looked at MRI images of muscle tissue in people who had been paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. They claim fat cells stretched to surround areas around the muscles that endured pressure from lying or sitting.

Researchers say we may need to take our cell's mechanical environment into account along with other weight loss strategies.