Skip to content

Study finds gene linked to obesity

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/28/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

FTO gene may make weight management difficult for some people

Have you struggled with weight loss or just maintaining a healthy weight? Well a new study from the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. may have an answer for why so many people continue to struggle.

A new study has found a link to the FTO gene and cravings for high-calories and fatty foods.

A new study has found a link to the FTO gene and cravings for high-calories and fatty foods.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/28/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Science, Technology


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry, a study suggests that a gene that has been linked to obesity is thought to trigger hunger pangs, which affect a person's ability to resist impulse eating.

Join the war against world hunger.

The study could explain why people with the gene struggle to maintain a healthy weight as they age, suggesting some people are predisposed to becoming obese, researchers say.

There have been various studies which have previously linked versions of the FTO gene to chronic obesity, but scientists have struggled to determine how the gene affects a person's likelihood to be obese, said Ruth Loos, director of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

This new study has found that those who are middle-aged or older, and have one or two copies of this gene, appear to eat more high-calorie and fatty foods as they age.

Scans performed on the 700 participants found lower brain function in the parts of the brain that govern a person's impulses and perception of food texture and taste.

The report's senior author, Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, chief of clinical and translational neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging's Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience said: "Sure enough, people who carry one or two copies of the FTO variant show increased intake of high-calorie or fatty food as they age."

"There may be a common biological factor underlying both the risk for obesity during again, as well as obesity-related behavior like your ability to resist impulse eating."

This study means that those with a genetic risk for obesity face an uphill battle to maintain healthy weight standards, but Loos said that the study does not prove that a genetic predisposition to obesity means a person will be obese.

"You may be genetically susceptible, but by living a healthy lifestyle you can overcome your genetics. You are not destined to be obese."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Technology

How close is NASA to announcing if aliens exist? VERY CLOSE. Here's why Watch

Image of The James Webb Space Telescope will be used in the hunt for life on other planets. It could provide us with answers before 2020.

A viral article claims the hacker collective Anonymous predicts NASA is going to announce the discovery of alien life soon. Anonymous is ... continue reading


Astronomers close in on Planet X that could be responsible for cataclysms on Earth Watch

Image of Is Planet X out there? And it is responsible for sending waves of Earth-smashing asteroids towards the Sun? Maybe.

NASA thinks there may be another planet far beyond Neptune, and it could pose a threat to life on Earth. Long known as Planet X, it has ... continue reading


What if an asteroid strikes near you? Here's what happens... Watch

Image of Asteroids are a major threat to life on Earth, and it is only a matter of time before the next cataclysmic impact.

If there's one thing scientists agree on, it's that there is a cosmic alarm clock ticking somewhere, and when it goes off, billions of ... continue reading


The BIG ONE is coming, but you may get a warning right before it hits. Here's how Watch

Image of Los Angeles will face the greatest damage during a 7.2 or larger quake along the San Andreas fault, north of the city. An early warning system is essential to saving thousands of lives.

After years of planning and testing, California is about to get an early warning system for earthquakes. The system will be rolled out in ... continue reading


The world's largest plane is unveiled, but is it too dangerous to fly? Watch

Image of The Stratolaunch is now the world's largest airplane by wingspan.

An amazing aircraft has rolled out of its hanger in Mojave, California, but will this massive, revolutionary new design fly, and can it ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.