Over a period of years, many people have blamed their extra weight on their genes. "After all", they say, "my mother and father were fat. It just runs in our family." And the overweight are also very quick to point out the skinny family member who eats whatever while remarking that they gain weight just looking at the food.
But others contend that it is the lifestyle and not a gene that is inherited. The parents overeat or consume too many high calorie foods. These foods are served to the children who then form the habit of eating fattening foods and as a result become obese like the parents. They grow up and pass these habits onto their children and so the chain appears genetic.
However, a recent research study conducted in England has established that there definitely is a genetic factor connected to obesity. One hundred thirty-one four to five year old children were chosen to participate in the study, under the guidance of Jane Wardle of University College, London. All of the children were offered a plate of cookies after they had just finished consuming a meal. Some of the children ate the cookies. Others did not. Those who ate the cookies were found to have variations of the FTO gene.
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