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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