Overcoming The Obesity Gene

People with a genetic risk for obesity may be able to change their chance of becoming overweight with exercise!

Researchers at the University of Maryland studied a group of Amish adults, each participant's genetic profile was analyzed, as well as their activity level. Previous studies have identified a gene, called FTO, as a risk factor for obesity.

In this study experts found those who carried the FTO gene, but were physically active, were less likely to become obese when compared to those who were not active. Researchers say exercise appears to "level the playing field" among those who have the gene mutation.

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  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Thats funny I did not know my Drill Sergeant in US Army Basic Training at FT. Dix NJ. knew about the FTO Obesity Gene. He just told me he was going to " PT = Physical Training = Excersise " me till my fattness was gone. I lost 60 lBS in 15 weeks. If University of Maryland just called called my Army Drill Sergeant 30 years ago they could have saved the a lot of time and money on their research project. Drop and give mt 100 push ups. Now we are going to run 14 miles with a full pack move out. Thanks Serg. for under standing the FTO Obesity Gene.
  • by Anonymous Location: MHC on Sep 9, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    It takes a study to realize that to fight obesity you need excercise? No joke. Common sense would tell you that. I think these useless studies should spend thier money somewhere else and figure out something that is useful and not just common sense.

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