Obesity and Genetics

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The European change in fat metabolism from ancient to modern times

Recently, evolutionary biologists have been looking into how changes in diet have led to human adaptations to genes that regulate fat metabolism. There are two essential genes that regulate the synthesis of vital fatty acids, fatty acid desaturase 1 and...
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Childhood weight is 35-40% inherited

A new study from the University of Sussex has found that 35-40% of a child’s BMI is inherited from their parents. For obese children this proportion rises to approximately 55-60%. The research used data from 100,000 children and their parents across...
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New potential therapeutic target receptor identified

A team of scientists from King’s College London and Imperial College London have identified a receptor called FFAR2 that may be used in the fight against obesity, publishing their study in Nature Reviews Endocrinology. They tested a high fat diet, containing...
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