Nature vs. Nurture: Is Your Body a Slave to Your DNA?

October 31, 2014 2:50 PM

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Since intelligent thought first came into existence, luminaries like John Locke, Shakespeare, and Darwin have debated the influence of our environmental factors over our innate, genetic factors. The simple question of nature vs. nurture, however, is too simplistic, and while scientists and doctors understand that the two are in fact deeply interwoven, we are just on the brink of discovering how much our DNA affects our health as well as how much our lifestyle affects our DNA.

In 2009, a study came out in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that had the fortunate opportunity of studying 1,034 complete pairs of twins from Denmark and Finland (1). The objective of the study was to examine the genetic variation of body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and percen...

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