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Are your genes making you fat?

Scientists may have cracked it when it comes to discovering a ‘slim gene’. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, have pinpointed 13 gene variations that determine our food intake, hunger and satiety. People who have inherited these genes may find it harder to eat less or stop eating than those who haven’t. Harvard University researchers also identified a link between genetic predisposition and obesity after investigating the BMI of almost 6,000 individuals. Their ‘genetic risk score’ used 97 adult BMI-related gene variants to make the link. It’s important to stress that this is only one contributing factor when it comes to weight gain. And, for those affected, all is not lost. A genetic predisposition may make it harder to reach a healthy weight, but with diet and lifestyle changes it can be done. Accepting your ‘genetic lot’ is an important part of your life-long journey when it comes to body weight.

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