Genetic Obesity

Hereditary obesity refers to the onset of weight problems as a result of one’s genetic makeup. Genetics play an important role in how easily we gain and lose weight; and studies have found that genetics are responsible for at least 50% of all obesity cases.

Hereditary obesity refers to the onset of weight problems as a result of one’s genetic makeup. Genetics play an important role in how easily we gain and lose weight; and studies have found that genetics are responsible for at least 50% of all obesity cases.

Causes
  • Variations in the genes controlling appetite may cause one to be less able to sense it when they are full.
  • Some genes may make one more responsive to the taste, smell or sight of food.
  • Some genes may affect one's sense of taste, giving preferences for high fat foods, or putting off healthier alternatives.
  • Genes also determine one's metabolic rate.
  • Genes may also affect one's behavior and the inclination towards less active lifestyle choices.
Consequences
  • Many genetically obese individuals are often the targets of bias and ridicule, and as a result may experience low self-esteem or grow up as an introvert.
  • Genetic obesity also increases the risk of knee pain, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure; and makes one feel tired and breathless easily.
  • Genetic obesity may also affect one's chances in life, for instance, when seeking employment.
Treatment
  • People with obesity-related genes are not destined to be obese.
  • Contrary to popular belief, genetic obesity can be substantially reduced or treated through an active lifestyle and more importantly, professional weight loss treatments.
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