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Exercise Proven to Reduce Impact of Obesity Gene

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In a large international research study published in the November 1st edition of PLoS Medicine, researchers have determined that among those people with the “obesity gene” the risk of becoming obese was 27 percent lower in those who were physically active.

The study involved a meta-analysis of 218,166 adults and 19,268 children.

The (fat mass and obesity associated) gene known as the FTO gene pre-disposes some people to gain weight which can lead to obesity. According to the researchers, the study demonstrates that individuals with the gene still have some control over their body weight by remaining physically active.

However, the researchers were also quick to point out that weight loss management is complex, and includes different a number of different factors. It is important not to conclude from the study, that obese people are merely lazy.

Instead, the researchers hope that the results from this study will inspire everyone to participate in some form of physical activity. It has previously been perceived that the FTO gene precludes sufferers of obesity from experiencing benefit from exercise, whereas physical activity can actually assist pre-disposed individuals to maintain control of their weight.

The study does clearly indicate that physical activity plays a role in overcoming the effects of the FTO gene, and contributes towards an overall healthier lifestyle. The recommended amount of exercise might be as little as one hour a day, for 5 days per week. In the study, the researchers did not distinguish between moderate to intense exercise, dividing participants into either sedentary or active groups.

Simple everyday activities such as walking, cycling, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can go a long way towards promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is especially important to include some form of physical activity in our daily lives, as many jobs are sedentary nowadays, contributing to the problem of weight gain in our society.

Source: PLoS Medicine