Could a gene help make you obese?

July 17, 2013

By Dennis Thompson Researchers have discovered a potential genetic explanation for why some people overeat and run a greater risk for obesity. People who carry two copies of a variant form of the “FTO” gene are more likely to feel hungry soon after eating a meal, because they carry higher levels of the hunger-producing hormone […]

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Gene variants may play role in obesity

June 25, 2013

By Randy Dotinga Two new studies offer some solace to those who can’t control their weight despite diet and exercise by providing more evidence that genetics may play a role in obesity. One study offers unique insight because it finds genetic mutations in severely obese children that suggest their excess weight may be more connected […]

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Fructose tied to obesity as study shows it doesn’t cut appetite

January 3, 2013

By Nicole Ostrow Fructose, a sweetener found on many food labels, may contribute to weight gain and obesity because it has minimal effect on brain regions that control appetite, a study by Yale University researchers found. The research, published Jan. 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to compare the human brain’s […]

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