Fighting Fat: Obesity Is Gene Linked But Losing Weight Is An Act Of Will
You might be able to blame your genes for weighing more and increasing your risk of obesity, but you can no longer blame your genes for failing to lose weight, a comprehensive study has found. Carriers of the FTO gene are known to be on average 3 kilos (6.6lbs) heavier and 70% more likely to be obese.
Obesity Is Top Health Concern For Americans, Study Shows
Americans view obesity as the top health concern for the nation, according to a survey of 1,509 adults conducted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and NORC at the University of Chicago. However, the survey also posits that many Americans think the disease is due to lack of willpower.
Americans Blame Obesity On Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic
Yet three-quarters of survey participants said obesity resulted from a lack of willpower. The best treatment, they said, is to take responsibility for yourself, go on a diet and exercise. Obesity specialists said the survey painted an alarming picture.
Gaining A New Perspective On The Cause Of Obesity
There's little doubt the United States has an obesity problem. At the moment, over one-third of Americans are considered to be obese and the numbers continue to rise. Public health officials have been trying to figure out how to combat this growing concern yet there appears to be few answers.
One Candidate Brings Obesity Bias Into The Debate
As a citizen of this country, there are a lot of things I would like to say about last night's presidential debate, beginning with the fact that I prefer my presidents coherent. But my wheelhouse is public health, not politics, so I will stifle that impulse and move on.