Happy news for people who have been trying hard to shed those extra kilos, as a team of researchers are developing a drug that can selectively shrink excess fat.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston explained that the drug significantly reduced body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice.

Senior author Stanley Watowich said, “As fat cells grow larger, they begin to overexpress a protein that acts as a metabolic brake and slows down fat cell metabolism, making it harder for these cells to burn accumulating fat”.

Watowich stated, “As the fat tissue expands, they secrete greater amounts of hormones and pro-inflammatory signals that are responsible for several chronic diseases, including Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”