Will the 'Fat Gene' get you? Your birth year may matter

December 30, 2014 1:30 PM

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The findings bolster evidence that environmental or lifestyle changes could be impacting our health. They also show that while people have genes shaping all sorts of traits, these genes may only be activated under certain conditions. In this case, that environment might be a modern lifestyle, with cars, TV and fast food.

The gene is called FTO, and about 20 percent of white people have a variant of the gene that raises their risk of obesity. The links are clear and widely accepted by scientists. In 2007, British scientists found that people who carry two copies of this variation of the FTO gene weighed, on average, ...

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