Skip to comments.Were you born to be obese?
Posted on 08/08/2013 9:04:43 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
"From previous studies, it is estimated that 40% to 70% of a person's BMI is inherited," Batterham says, but it's complex and not as simple as just giving a percent.
Overall, the role of any single gene [in obesity] is not big, Qi says. However, if all the obesity-related genes are considered, the effect would be sizable."
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I don’t know whether this article is helpful or depressing.
Huh. And all this time I thought I was too heavy because I ate too much and didn’t exercise enough...
Bull. People are obese because the eat too much are too inactive. This is not brain surgery, people.
“It’s my metabolism!”
Your metabolism can’t handle all the cheeseburgers you are shoveling through it.
Did you even read the article?
Sit at a mall sometime and observe groups of people. Families tend to look alike. Very thin people tend to have certain characteristics. Fat people tend to have certain physical characteristics (beyond their weight, I mean).
When you look at all the different sizes and shapes of people, why is it so difficult to believe that weight is greatly influenced by genetics? I would submit it is because society hates fat people so much, that it is unwilling to entertain anything other than some failure on the part of the obese. I suppose no amount of science will change anyone’s mind.
BTW, I am curious. Have you ever dieted to lose weight or thought you had a weight problem?
My entire family speaks of the “curse,” since the vast majority of us are prone to putting on weight. Though my cousin is a bodybuilder, and my father and I possess “neanderthal strength,” due to our natural builds. (Though we’re not very tall. I’m taller than my father at 5’7.) In the police force he was known as “mad dog,” though I’m so mild I never acquired such a name. Though I do LOOK like a bulldog, or perhaps a friendly gorilla.
Some people are just made to carry weight, and to gain weight, but it can certainly be overcome through proper dieting and exercise.
I’ve got a little obesity in my jeans.
A few people manage to lose a lot of weight and keep it off. Many are on file at the National Weight Loss Registry. When you look at how these people lost weight and maintain the loss, it involves quite a lot of exercise and pretty drastic food restriction (about 1200 to 1400 calories a day pretty much forever). I would love for those who say it’s a simple deal to try it for a couple of weeks, let alone for years.
Most people can change their weight to a small degree but often have trouble maintaining that loss. They find that they have to continually decrease their caloric intake, and still sometimes they start re-gaining weight because their bodies become quite thrifty about burning calories.
There is an old book on setpoint called The Dieter’s Dilemma: Eating Less and Weighing More by William Bennett and Joel Gurin.
Ha, ha, many people seem to have that problem. ;-)
Born to be faaat!
If only they’d find a cure for short....:-\
I’m 5’11” and about 170-180. Yet I got a letter from my doctor saying I might be ‘overweight or obese’.
Well, that’s another thing. They keep lowering the numbers that they claim make someone overweight or obese. Since most people gain weight as they age, and we are an aging society, pretty soon most of us will be lumped into those categories.
If your doctor gives you a hard time, show him this: http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2006/11/say-it-isnt-so-part-two.html
My leg weighs 170.
Hello, families tend to e a t. t h e. s a m e. food.
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