Do These Genes Make Me Look Thin?

October 7th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Further evidence of genetic influence on body weight was just published. The new study found that thinness was inherited.

In a study of 7, 078 children and adolescents in England, 5.7% were categorized as being thin. The prevalence of thinness was highest when both parents were thinner and progressively lower when both parents were in upper half of the healthy-weight range or were overweight or obese with no difference in the magnitude of maternal and paternal influences. The authors conclude that as thinness are likely to represent the low end of the healthy distribution of weigh and, as such, are likely to have a primarily genetic origin. The intergenerational transmission … [Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI