Skip to comments.Missing gene linked to childhood obesity
Posted on 12/07/2009 1:36:32 PM PST by markomalley
Some children get severely obese because they lack particular chunks of DNA, which kicks their hunger into overdrive, researchers report.
The British scientists checked the DNA of 300 children who became very fat, on the order of 220 pounds by age 10. The researchers looked for deletions or extra copies of DNA segments.
They found evidence that several rare deletions may promote obesity, including one kind found in less than 1 percent of about 1,200 severely obese children.
That deletion, on chromosome 16, causes trouble because it removes a gene that the brain needs to respond to the appetite-controlling hormone leptin, said Sadaf Farooqi of Cambridge University.
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Do these genes make me look fat?..................
if anything someone named “scientist” has to say has any credibility anymore.
lol.. can’t top that line..
“Linked” to. I love how they put it. Reminds us that science is sometimes little more than a convenient way to describe things.
If you are fat....stop eating so much.
It would be ironic if that gene was affected by the use of pot. It would take the idea of the munchies passed down to the next generation.
These are not my fat genes!
BS, most kids get fat because their parents are fat and they are not taught self control. The only DNA involved is the one that makes the mouth pop open when the elbow moves.
.....You didn't read the quote you posted. It says "some kids".
They are not inconsistent with what you say and so it is not BS!
LOL, DNA does not control fat, eating controls fat. Better!!!
Is there any explanation of why today’s kids have this problem and why previous generatins didn’t?
Uh, that would be “generations.” Sorry.
Everytime I think of Obama I think of the Gong show.
His presidency is so bad it needs to get gonged
In other words, it has nothing to do with the growing epidemic of child (and adult) obesity.