Monday, June 23, 2008

People Who Carry The Obesity Gene Eat More

“People with a variant of the first common gene linked to obesity on average eat more, according to new research. Scientists in Aberdeen have found that people who carry a variant of the FTO gene that is linked to increased obesity - called the 'at risk' variant - eat more food than those who do not have the 'at risk' variant. ‘Our data clearly suggests that people with this variant of the FTO gene may become fatter because they are driven to consume more food.’ ‘Because this over consumption may be driven by their genes, it may be far harder for such people to control their intake than people who do not carry 'at risk' variants of food intake control genes.’”

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