New Genes Linked to Obesity, Belly Fat
Research Reveals Genes That Affect Obesity and Where the Extra Fat Goes
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"We have a genetic makeup that evolved over millions of years to be effective for thriving as hunter-gatherers (i.e. having minimal food availability, having to search/hunt for food regularly, having regular famines and food scarcity) but we now live in an environment that is very different from what our genes have evolved to do," he says.
"We no longer have to hunt out food, food is incredibly available and dirt cheap, food is now 'engineered' to pack an incredible density of calories, famines are now essentially nonexistent in our population, and most of us have to spend our days glued to a chair in order to satisfy job requirements and get our paycheck," he says. "This disconnect is at the root of the obesity epidemic [and] in addition to teaching people about healthy behaviors and such, we need to address the environment and, if possible, our genetic makeup."