Obesity- It’s All in the Genes

February 12, 2015 6:08 AM

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Obesity- It’s All in the Genes

The findings of the largest ever study on the human genome has revealed the strongest evidence for the genetic basis of obesity. A team of researchers at the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits Consortium have analysed genetic samples obtained from over 300,000 individuals and found that over 140 locations across the entire genome could play a role in obesity traits.

This probably explains why some people are more likely to be affected by obesity and add extra weight, while others do not. These findings have published in the form of 2 papers in the journal Nature, where one study focused on the genetic basis of where exactly the fat is stored in the body.

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