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Genetic Makeup Can’t Be Blamed For Excess Weight Retention

October 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The carriers of a certain gene associated with an increased risk of obesity do not have a harder time losing their excess weight through diet and exercise, according to a new British study. Carriers of the FTO gene tend to be on average of seven pounds heavier than their peers, and are 70 percent more likely to be obese. However, the researchers found in a review of eight studies involving more than 9,500 people that the gene did not prevent carriers from losing weight if they improved their diet and were more physically active. Said one of the researchers: "You can no longer blame your genes” for retention of excess pounds.
Katherine M Livingstone et al., "FTO genotype and weight loss: systematic review and meta-analysis of 9563 individual participant data from eight randomized controlled trials. ", BMJ, October 02, 2016, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
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