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Obesity genes can be overridden

2nd September 2010

A new study has shown that people who are genetically inclined to becoming obese can reduce their chances of excessive weight gain by 40% through regular exercise.

More than 20,400 people aged 39 to 79 were studied by a team from the Medical Research Council epidemiology unit in Cambridge. They found that although obesity is mostly due to lifestyle choices, such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, some people are more susceptible to gaining weight due to their genes, but this does not mean these people are resigned to an unhealthy life.

 

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