Obesity treatment could be informed by a recent study which indicates that a certain type of fat which holds the key to obesity is linked to daylight.
Research has been conducted into brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is a type of fat and is found predominantly in animals that are hibernating as well as babies.
Studies have shown that BAT is activity linked to reducing obesity and is also associated with daylight.
Professor Symonds suggested that the research indicated a new mechanism for controlling BAT function in humans, something that could "potentially lead to new treatments" for obesity.
"Our research demonstrates a very strong seasonal variation in the presence of BAT. The study focused on the impact of daylight and ambient temperature as these are two key factors in determining BAT function in small mammals.
"Our exciting new findings may help us find novel interventions aimed at promoting BAT activity particularly in the winter."
Brown fat is known to generate heat and needs more oxygen than white adipose tissue.