Your stomach could, indeed, have a mind of it's own. A new Canadian study suggests that fat around your midsection actually produces a hormone that makes you hungry. This hormone, neuropeptide Y, also seems to stumulate the growth of fat cells, at least in rats. Previously, experts thought hunger signals originated only in the brain. But now that the true power of belly fat is being uncovered, researchers are working on drugs that target this region alone.
Originally printed in HEALTH magazine - September 2008 Issue.