Scientists also recognise genes that control approximately 20 per cent of an individual’s body weight while exercise and diet control the other 80 per cent.
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Scientists have come up with a genetic variation that is known to protect people from accumulating extra pounds. Experts who found the gene named it rs2291007 and discovered the same by scanning DNA of 79 people in Spain.
Approximately 60 per cent of Europeans carry the gene, however, they do not always stay slim. However, based on a research in mice, it was discovered that humans who carry the gene are more likely to be slim than those who do not. Experts noted that mice with the ‘skinny gene’ had 10 to 15 per cent less fat than their counterparts who did not have the gene. However, it is only a tendency and not necessarily a free pass to over-eat without the possibility or fear of gaining weight.
The study also discovered that people who carried the gene had lower weight, less boy fat and more muscle mass than those who did not have it. The study which appeared in the Genome Biology journal also added that obesity is preventable but its causes should be understood in order to come up with effective preventive measures.
Scientists also recognise genes that control approximately 20 per cent of an individual’s of body weight while exercise and diet control the other 80 per cent.
What are the
- Family history
- Unhealthy, high-fat diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excess intake of empty, liquid calories
- Lack of sleep
- Unhealthy gut
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