Genetics Lead to Childhood Obesity

Researchers studied genes in obese children, and genes found in skinny children. And concluded that there are “copy number variations” CNVs exclusive to European Americans and African Americans.

US News – Genetics Linked to Raised Risk of Childhood Obesity

While we can certainly continue to blame genetics for everything. Let’s take some liberty in imagining a scenario how the research could have been conducted (this might be going out on a limb as in no ways is it representative of how any of the research were actually conducted.)

Research group 1 (Obese Children)

  • Children are entertained with fried chicken, sodas, and all the candy they can eat while researchers ask the group participants questions and study their DNA.
  • Kids’ parents worry that they are hungry and feed the kids a few cookies while in the waiting rooms.

Research group 2 (Skinny Children)

  • Skinny children are provided water while researchers ask the group participants questions and study their DNA.
  • Kids’ parents give their kids fresh fruit.

At the end of one session, the obese children gained an extra pound while the skinny kids maintained their weight; and this had nothing to do with DNA or genetics.

What really matters is what you choose to continue to put into your body, and not the type of genetics that you are born with.

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