thelawnet wrote:tummy fat is surely a male thing, rather than a cyclist thing
It's a human thing. Females can be similarly classified, with some body types moire easily developing the bulging tums via visceral fat.
Females have an overall variation in shape from that of otherwise similar males, though, which can often emphasis any endomorph (pear-shaped) features because all women tend to have wider hips and smaller rib cages compared to males with similar body types.
Not only is it a male vs female thing, the 'body type' issue is much stronger in females than males.
Body fat distribution is well known to differ between males and females, which we also clearly show in our study. We also show that the genetic effects that influence fat distribution are stronger in females compared to males.
In other words there are genes that affect where women lay down fat, that don't affect men.
It is noted that fat around the internal organs is very unhealthy, so women have a survival advantage in that they will tend to lay down fat in their hips & legs rather than their tummies, reducing the risk of heart disease etc. in women.