Alice Park
Sept. 20, 2016

Your DNA has something to do with your weight, but the latest study shows the effect may not be as powerful as you thought

There are nearly 100 genes now connected to overweight and obesity, and there’s no question that genes can play an important role in how you break down calories and store fat. But to blame your DNA for the more difficult challenge of losing weight wouldn’t be right. That’s the conclusion of a study led by John Mathers at Newcastle University and published in the BMJ.

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