Tendency towards obesity is really in the genes

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ever wonder why some people can eat anything they want without gaining weight, while others fight a year round battle of the bulge? British researchers confirmed yesterday what many weight-watchers and ...

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woody hayes

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Apr 13, 2007
 
annie wrote:
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Unfortunately you received the mean spirited gene. What can be done about that?
a big mac and a mcflurry?
woody hayes

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Apr 13, 2007
 
Mrs Webster wrote:
Obesity is the last sanctioned prejudice. Yes, I am obese. No, it is not what I eat. I have a medical condition called hypothyroidism, for which I have started to take medication. My first doctor put me on a protein diet and I gained weight. My second doctor put me on a cardiac patient's diet and I gained weight. I was hospitalized and put on a 400 calorie a day diet and I GAINED WEIGHT. Thanks to a gland the size of a pea in my neck, I am 200 lbs over what I "should" be. Thanks to this gland not working, a teenaged boy felt he had the right and privelege to oink and moo at me in the mall the other day. PREJUDICE=to pre judge, to make assumptions based on wrong information. UNTIL YOU KNOW, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT
that's a very mooooo-ving story.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
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Your pathetic..unlike the school yard kid who at least teases and taunts in the open, you're hiding behind pathetic little screen names. I am not obese, and I love to exercise, but I also know that I cannot judge someone who's shoes I have not walked in. Maybe you'd feel better about yourself if you did the same.
If you didn't judge, then why did you have to make the point that you AREN'T obese and LOVE to excercise? You sound like the racist who says, "Some of my best friends are black, but..."
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Apr 13, 2007
 
sir kick ass a lot wrote:
in my rant, i exclude that really guy wih the gland thing right before my first comment
So how do you know who has "the gland thing" and who doesn't? You are prejudiced ("pre-judging") until you are corrected. Just like you can't tell the criminal by the color of their skin, you can't tell WHY a person is obese by looking at them. So you will CONTINUE to be prejudiced until someone tells you confidential medical information that is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
Yeah Right wrote:
Congratulations! You have just sanctioned those greedy OUT OF CONTROL people in the 150-1000lb bracket to continue to over eat more...."it's in my genes, I can't help it" will become their theme song and mission statement.
What about self-control, huh. Thank God OVER-EATING is not in my family or my husband's family genes.
Well said. No excuse for being a lazy, fat person. Stop eating!!!!!!!!!!
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Apr 13, 2007
 
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They reason why this country is so obese is because of the simple fact that Americans are lazy!!!! People need to remember that you are what you eat. If your stuffing your face Big Mac's and whopppers,then go and sit on the couch for three or four hours its not going to help with this "huge" problem.
Exactly-Pigging out at KFC then ordering a DIET COKE!!!!!!!! Whatever...If you are fat, you asked for it.
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woody hayes wrote:
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that's a very mooooo-ving story.
Feel better about yourself now? Teasing is the way a emotional weakling over-compensates for his own lack of self confidence. Most people grow out of it however.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
If obesity comes through the genes, then why are people WAAAAAaaaaay fatter now than they were 50 years ago? I am asking this question in all seriousness, not to be callous or cruel. But if obesity came from genes, wouldn't it mean that people who are overweight today had overweight parents and grandparents and great grand parents. And if THAT were the case, we wouldn't be seeing an increase in the percent of obese people. It would be the same as it was 50 or 100 years ago.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
Yeah Right wrote:
Congratulations! You have just sanctioned those greedy OUT OF CONTROL people in the 150-1000lb bracket to continue to over eat more...."it's in my genes, I can't help it" will become their theme song and mission statement.
What about self-control, huh. Thank God OVER-EATING is not in my family or my husband's family genes.

Wow how ignorant and sad you are. I am 150 Lbs. and have had thyroid cancer. I eat less than my friends whom are 110 lbs. And I am up going at 5 everyday and go until midnight I walk three miles a day and watch what I eat. Who are you to judge I hope you never have someone be as nasty to you as you are to others. It is obvious you have issues you need to work on.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
This should not be news to anyone. Because of our genetic make-up we are all different. Do some people grow to be over 6 feet tall because of what they eat? NO. Thus why does it come as a suprise to people that depending upon a genetic make-up some people will gain more weight than others.
It is not an excuse for poeple to eat more, but two people can eat exactly the same thing everyday, do exactly the same exercises everyday, and they will still weigh differently. Look at soldiers during basic training, do they all come out exactly at the same BMI? NO!
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If you didn't judge, then why did you have to make the point that you AREN'T obese and LOVE to excercise? You sound like the racist who says, "Some of my best friends are black, but..."
No ma'am I put that in because I wanted to point out that not only obese people understand that obesity is not a moral flaw. I wanted to say that it is a universal truth, not just a defensive posture held to be true by the victims of the discrimination.
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Apr 13, 2007
 
Kris wrote:
If obesity comes through the genes, then why are people WAAAAAaaaaay fatter now than they were 50 years ago? I am asking this question in all seriousness, not to be callous or cruel. But if obesity came from genes, wouldn't it mean that people who are overweight today had overweight parents and grandparents and great grand parents. And if THAT were the case, we wouldn't be seeing an increase in the percent of obese people. It would be the same as it was 50 or 100 years ago.
Considering BMI is the way they calculate if a person is overweight, strict height to weight ratio, fat % or muscle mass not taken into consideration, people who are healthy and muscular show on BMI's as overweight. Since more people today do exercise and weight lift, professional athelets are bigger and stronger, etc. there will always be a higher percentage of overweight or obese people now then there was. However, people do eat more processed foods and larger portions today then they used to which most likely accounts for the large increase. But, this study, as everybody on here seems to miss, is not an explanation of why there are more overweight people today then there are, it is simply an explanation as to why some people can eat healthy and correct and not be slim or why some people can eat whatever they want, never diet and be slim.
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No ma'am I put that in because I wanted to point out that not only obese people understand that obesity is not a moral flaw. I wanted to say that it is a universal truth, not just a defensive posture held to be true by the victims of the discrimination.
Can you tell this pushed my buttons? My apologies...
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Exactly-Pigging out at KFC then ordering a DIET COKE!!!!!!!! Whatever...If you are fat, you asked for it.
Okay...go be hospitalized, live on chicken broth and water for a week and gain 7 lbs in the process and have everyone tell you that you're lazy and weak. Tell me how'd you feel?
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Feel better about yourself now? Teasing is the way a emotional weakling over-compensates for his own lack of self confidence. Most people grow out of it however.
that, and i drive a corvette.
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Can you tell this pushed my buttons? My apologies...
My apologies if I came across as offensive.
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Kris wrote:
If obesity comes through the genes, then why are people WAAAAAaaaaay fatter now than they were 50 years ago? I am asking this question in all seriousness, not to be callous or cruel. But if obesity came from genes, wouldn't it mean that people who are overweight today had overweight parents and grandparents and great grand parents. And if THAT were the case, we wouldn't be seeing an increase in the percent of obese people. It would be the same as it was 50 or 100 years ago.
please, if you're not going to be callous or cruel, then don't post.
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Kris wrote:
If obesity comes through the genes, then why are people WAAAAAaaaaay fatter now than they were 50 years ago? I am asking this question in all seriousness, not to be callous or cruel. But if obesity came from genes, wouldn't it mean that people who are overweight today had overweight parents and grandparents and great grand parents. And if THAT were the case, we wouldn't be seeing an increase in the percent of obese people. It would be the same as it was 50 or 100 years ago.
I think the point is that although we pretty much ALL are eating more unhealthy foods than before, it disproportionately affects people with this gene. Remember when fatty foods were scarce, this Gene would have been an advantage because it allowed some people to more efficiently store fat for lean times.

But because these foods now pervade our society, some people do pretty well with maintaining their weight while others are too efficient at storing the fat away. This article does not deny social factors, and in public health we never say something "causes" something else, we say that it "contributes to" or "is connected to".

The point is that a lot more of us would be a lot heavier if we all had this gene.
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that, and i drive a corvette.
Figures.

You know what they say about guys with big flashy cars....
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Kris wrote:
If obesity comes through the genes, then why are people WAAAAAaaaaay fatter now than they were 50 years ago? I am asking this question in all seriousness, not to be callous or cruel. But if obesity came from genes, wouldn't it mean that people who are overweight today had overweight parents and grandparents and great grand parents. And if THAT were the case, we wouldn't be seeing an increase in the percent of obese people. It would be the same as it was 50 or 100 years ago.
You asked in all seriousness, so I am answering in all seriousness. The TENDENCY toward obesity is genetic. Having the gene doesn't automatically lead to obesity; it means that those with the gene have to work a lot harder to avoid obesity. Our parents, grandparents, etc, tended to get a lot more exercise than we do. They didn't need to belong to a gym; the exercise was part of their daily routines. More kids walked to school. PE was a required course and it met every day. Kids didn't have the computer and video games we have now, so they were more likely to play outside, riding their bikes, swimming, ice-skating, whatever. They were just more physically active in general. If you lived in an apartment, it may not have had an elevator, so you got some exercise just going up and down the stairs. If you owned a house, you probably mowed your own lawn, and used a push mower, not a riding or self-propelled mower. Housework was more physically demanding. For example, you burn more calories hanging clothes on a line than putting them in the dryer.(Carry the basket of wet clothes outside. Reach down to the basket to grab an item, reach up to the line to hang it up, reach down, reach up, etc. Quite a workout.) Fast food was just getting started in the '50s, so you were more likely to eat a meal at home. People didn't buy as much junk food. The list goes on and on, of course. Bottom line, if they lived their lives they way we live ours, they would have weighed a lot more, but they didn't have all the 'conveniences' we have so they naturally got enough exercise to prevent obesity. We don't.

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