I am in my late 40s but not menopausal yet so this interests me. especially since my only real bit of fat is around my belly. I found this whilst cruising the net

Study explains post-menopause belly fat

this bit in particular. if we know why, what can we potentially do about it?

Now, the new study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat. And it gets worse. These cellular changes also slow down fat burning by the body