(TELEGRAPH) — Researchers at Oxford University have discovered the fat in foods can be converted into tissue around the plumpest parts of the body within hours.

For a large meal containing 30g of fat, two to three teaspoons of the substance can be added to waists much quicker than previously thought.

If one continues to overeat, the fat will also be moved into tissue around the hips, rear and thighs for storage.

The study, by Fredrik Karpe and Keith Frayne, found the first fat from any meal enters the blood around an hour after being ingested.

By the time three or four hours has passed, they found, most of it had been incorporated into the adipose tissue, much of which lies in the short-term fat stores in the waist.

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