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Americans Blame Obesity On Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic

Americans believe that obesity is tied with cancer as the biggest health threat in the nation today. But though scientific research shows that diet and exercise are insufficient solutions, a large majority say fat people should be able to summon the willpower to lose weight on their own.

Read the article on Nytimes

Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Genes don’t change, but epigenetics and inflammation can be easily altered by diet.  If the energy balance mechanism in the brain becomes dysfunctional then you will consume more calories.  If the hedonic mechanisms in the brain become dysfunctional, then you will eat more calories.  If you develop insulin resistance, then you will eat more calories as you develop a fat trap.  All of these are diet-influenced, but somehow that fact never made into the article.

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