Genetic research can help, but the search for a "fat gene" is a myth. Graphic: Creative commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADNA_Double_Helix.png
Genetic research can help, but the search for a "fat gene" is a myth. Graphic: Creative commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADNA_Double_Helix.png

More genes linked to putting on weight

Swedish researchers have contributed to understanding on how our genes affect how people put on weight.

Around 100 genes linked to fat storage have been identified and published in the Nature journal, by a team including Swedish scientists.

But a connection does not mean the genes “cause” people to become overweight. Genetics often provides an altered context, which interacts with people’s circumstances to create a tendency towards certain outcomes.

Certain genes linked to appetite and habit forming seem to be closely connected to BMI.

This study is a far expanded version of a DNA test from 2010.

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