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Tags: obesity | genetics | overweight | exercise | fitness

Exercise May Fight Obesity Gene

Exercise May Fight Obesity Gene
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 January 2016 02:56 PM

Exercise may help people who inherit the obesity gene fight back,  a new study shows.

Scientists know that a variation of the gene FTO is linked to obesity, even though some questions remain on exactly how this gene works, or whether other genes are involved.

In a new study, a Canadian research team has found that a physically active lifestyle can blunt the effect of this major obesity gene on body weight, no matter what major ethnic group is affected.

They evaluated data from up to 17,400 people from six ethnic groups (South Asian, East Asian, European, African, Latin American, Native North American) who were recruited from 17 countries and followed for more than three years.

They analyzed the impact of 14 obesity predisposing genes and found that physical activity can blunt the genetic effect of FTO, the major contributor to common obesity, by up to 75 percent.

"These promising results encourage us to investigate how additional lifestyle factors, such as diet, stress and sleep patterns, may impact the genetic predisposition to obesity," said lead author David Meyre, an associate professor at McMaster's School of Medicine, of his study which appears in Scientific Reports.


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