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Monday, June 25, 2018
You Are NOT Born To Be Fat:
Correct eating habits, not genetics, dictate how much you weigh
Obesity is a complex medical condition in which excess body fat has already accumulated and may cause adverse effects on one’s health. It is usually defined by the body mass index and evaluated in terms of fat distribution and total cardiovascular risk factors. According to data gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, at least two in three adults were considered to be overweight or are suffering from obesity. Recently, between 2005 and 2014, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of this condition among both men and women.
In the U.S. alone, 39.8 percent of their population is affected by obesity. It is estimated that the annual medical cost of a person who has obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Various risk factors come into play that directly lead to obesity – lifestyle and diet being the two most common. However, recent scientific studies have suggested that genetics may also play a significant role in determining why a person weigh so much.
It is known that genes can cause obesity in some disorders like Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. However, the mechanism through which we understand the connection between genes and obesity has not been established clearly. While genes may cause obesity, there are still other environmental factors leading to this assumption.
Some of the main factors that need to be considered are eating habits, dietary consumption, and lifestyle. With this, a study was conducted and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition wherein researchers explored whether eating behaviors can mediate or modify genetic susceptibility to obesity. (MORE)