Penelope is an avid health and wellness fanatic who writes regularly for http://www.firstmedicalproducts.com , a retailer of fine medical products and supplies for use at home or in the doctor’s office.
You’re no stranger to the obesity epidemic. Over 2/3 of the U.S. population is overweight, with 1/3 of those fitting the morbidly obese category. Saying “we might a have a problem here” is a huge understatement. With the weight of America steadily rising, scientists are looking toward the genetic code to find answers.
Science has been looking for “the fat gene” for years, but there has never been just one gene that leads to obesity. In 2007 the most recent obesity gene was found. It’s called the fat mass and obesity associated, or FTO, gene. This gene has been shown through several studies to be linked to obesity and a higher body mass index. On average, people with one variant of the FTO gene weigh 7 lbs. more than their counterparts.
Other recent studies suggest that obesity might not be linked to genetics as much as linked to fetal development. In a study that was originally conducted on mice, it was discovered that overweight mice were more likely to come from overweight mothers. In addition, the offspring weighed more on average than their mothers did. What does this mean? Obesity was not only inherited, it was amplified down through the generations.
Reading these studies, it’s easy to think “if I’m overweight, there is nothing I can do about it. It’s inherited.” This is not true! Often when there is a problem, people are looking for somewhere to place the blame other than themselves. Yes, research does show that obesity runs in families, but separating the genetic influences from lifestyle choices like physical exercise and eating habits is near impossible in these cases. Even if obesity is in your genes, that doesn’t mean you are fated to be overweight forever. There is one way to overcome the supposed “fat gene.”
Nothing will replace a lifestyle of healthy eating habits and good exercise! Everyone is looking for a short cut, but really it is your behavior choices that will make the difference. Although genetics can be blamed for your body type and certain health risks, like diabetes, your lifestyle decisions still count!
Eating right is the first step to making sure that you don’t hit that “obese” benchmark. If you are consuming huge amounts of red meat, fried foods, and Big Macs, then you’re going to have some problems! If you have a balanced diet with the proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, fats, grains, proteins, and dairy products then you will have a better chance of avoiding obesity. For more information on the U.S. Dietary guidelines, tips, and tricks, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov and https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/resurge-reviews-expose-new-updated-packages-and-hidden-information/Content?oid=24851297.
The next thing that matters is physical activity. I recently saw a political cartoon that showed two scientists. The first was looking in a microscope and saying “Earl! I think I’ve located the fat gene!” and Earl, the other scientist, responded “Really? Does it look like a little remote?” How do you expect to keep the pounds off if you are sitting in front of the television for hours on end? Being inactive leads to the burning of fewer calories which means you may experience more weight gain. Get up and get moving!
When it comes down to it, there are a million excuses for being overweight, but there is only one tried and true method to shed the pounds! Have a healthy lifestyle and find moderation in all things. Don’t worry about the genetic influences because the habits you develop are much more important. Eat less, run more, and be aware of your health choices – it will build a healthier you!