Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?

For a long time now, scientists have know that there are certain genetic variants that increase the likelyhood of obesity. One of those gene clusters, the FTO gene, is affectionately called the "fatso" gene. This genetic variant is very common. In fact, 1 in 6 people have the FTO gene variant and these people weigh an average of 7 pounds more than people with the regular variant.
Many experiments with animals have proven that specifically inhibiting these genes will cause rapid weight loss, yet no magic pill has come out yet that can help the millions of overweight and obese Americans.
In a recent study, just published in the April addition of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine scientists discovered some very encouraging news. We do not have to be slaves to our genes. In the study of over 700 teens it was found that those teens with a high genetic tendency for obesity could compensate with one hour of moderate exercise a day. Those teens who did one hour of exercise a day were found to have statistically similar waist measurments, body mass index scores and body fat levels as their peers with regular genes. Playing sports, running, jumping rope and cycling were all forms of exercise that qualify.
So if you or your children are one of the over 200 million overweight Americans, the time is now to start getting active.
In the process of getting active make sure you have the proper shoes for your exercise program. If you do have foot or leg pain that is stopping you from reaching your exercise goals, see a foot doctor and learn what you need to do to exercise safely and efficently. Your genes do not have to determine your destiny. You have control over your life.

Committed to your health,

Dr. Craig Conti
Sarasota Foot Care Center

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