Year of birth has an influence on genetic risk for obesity, study finds

December 30, 2014 3:07 PM

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Year of birth has an influence on genetic risk for obesity, study finds

Previously, research has linked a variant in the FTO gene to obesity risk. Now, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry suggest in a new study that the impact of this variant on obesity risk depends largely on birth year.

The researchers noticed that most studies investigating the interactions of genes and the environment focused on differences within groups of people born during a particular span of years. The team realized that studies of these birth cohorts would not account for environmental changes occurring ove...

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