By: IANS | New York |
Published: January 13, 2018 7:16 pm


According to researchers, “Individuals who inherit these genetic variations may find it harder to eat less or stop eating, as compared to those who did not inherit these variations.” (Source: File Photo)

You can blame your genes for your obesity as researchers have found 13 genes that carry variations associated with body mass index (BMI).

The researchers identified 14 genetic variations in 13 genes, including a risky copy variation – a phenomenon in which sections of the genome are repeated – that causes carriers to weigh 15 pounds more, on average, than individuals who do not carry the variation.

The gene is called MC4R and approximately 1 in 5,000 individuals carries this risk copy, which causes the gene not to produce any of the protein needed to inform the…

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