Did you know that obesity is largely a genetic problem?
In the brain, special neurons sense hormones and regulate metabolism and appetite. If you have too much fat, your brain directly signals your fat cells to release their energy.
It works like a fuel gauge. People gain excess fat when this gauge isn't sensitive enough.
By studying thousands of genomes, scientists have discovered several genes that regulate body weight. Many of the top obesity-associated genes are found in this exact part of the brain! Scientists who study these genes calculate that body weight is between 70% to 90% genetic.
These genes also influence how much we need to exercise to stay healthy!
A recent study used fitness trackers to determine the relationship between genes and exercise to body mass index (BMI). They discovered that people with specific genetic markers had to exercise 3-4 hours more per day to stay thin.
This study only tested 700 people, and a single gene. infinome will test many more people and genes
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