- Baffled doctors are nothing new to 23-year-old budding Paralympic cyclist Tom Staniford, from Exeter.He has an extremely rare condition that means he is unable to store fat under his skin.
Although he was born a normal weight, he lost all the fat around his face and limbs during his childhood, and yet his body still thinks he is obese, meaning he has type 2 diabetes. His hearing also deteriorated when he was 10 and he has worn hearing aids since.
Staniford's condition had never been identified - until recently, when a research team set about mapping and analysing his DNA to pinpoint the precise gene mutation responsible.
Monday, 17 June 2013
No Fat Under Skin!
From the Beeb today: