Often, people born of overweight parents feel they are destined to be overweight with nothing they can do about it. However recent research in Great Britain dispels this “I’m destined to be fat” thinking.
Researchers took 20,430 people, studied 12 genetic variants that were known to increase the risk of obesity and kept track of their physical activity.
By creating a genetic summary score to quantify the risk of obesity for each individual they then examined whether an active lifestyle could reduce the genetic influence.
“Our findings challenge the popular myth that obesity is unavoidable if it runs in the family,” said senior researcher Ruth Loos of Great Britain’s Medical Research Council in Cambridge. “We see this as a hopeful message.”
This report reveals that physical activity can reduce the genetic tendency toward obesity by 40% and that you could derive these benefits without running marathons.
“Being active about 30 minutes a day is a good start in reducing the effects of the genes.”
Experts tell us that this study adds to the imperative of exercise to obtain weight control. “This is more evidence that behavior can modify genetic predisposition,” says Tim Church, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
This should offer encouragement and hope to those who felt destined to be overweight by birthright.
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