The so-called “obesity gene” does not affect people’s ability to lose weight through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study says.
I know this is shocking to many individuals who are overweight because losing weight can be very difficult so you would think that an obesity related gene would slow down your weight loss.
British researchers reported that individuals with the FTO gene respond to these weight-loss strategies as well as those who do not have the gene. According to the study authors, the FTO gene is related to increased body weight and the study mentions that a person’s environment may play a bigger part in their weight management than DNA.
This means that regardless of the obesity related gene, you can still lose weight just like the individuals who do not have the gene. This is great news for all the overweight individuals who had doubts about weight loss because of carrying the FTO gene.
The trial included nearly 10,000 individuals who were analyzed by researchers to find the relationship between the FTO gene and weight loss plans.
At the beginning of the study, the ones who had the FTO gene were about 2 pounds heavier than those who did not carry the gene. However, there was no relation between FTO gene and the individuals’ ability to lose weight.
These findings were true despite the participants’ gender, age, the weight loss strategies they followed and other variables, said researchers.
These findings were published Sept. 20 in BMJ.
According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 percent of adults in America are overweight or obese. This is definitely a global health crisis and researchers say the only way to stop this epidemic is to help people find ways to live healthier.
It seems that improving your eating habits and getting regular physical activity is the most common strategy of long term weight loss, regardless if you have obesity related genes or not.
Source: BMJ, news release, Sept. 20, 2016
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