Advertisement
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Obesity runs in your Family?

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM
  • 3 Replies

Not a lot of size 6's in your family? Well, then, here's the simple trick to outrunning your obesity genes: movement.

In a study of people genetically predisposed to obesity, those who were the most active managed to seriously alter their body's predisposition to gain weight. They were far less likely to pack on pounds over time compared with the least active in the study.

Handling Heavy DNA
In the recent study, researchers found 12 genes that increased the risk of obesity. And every obesity gene people had correlated to extra weight gain. Still, although certain genes made them more susceptible to obesity, participants were not slaves to their DNA. Exercising about an hour a day dropped the risk of weight gain about 40 percent, compared with the couch potatoes. (Is your waist a good size for your height? Find out with this Waist-to-Height Calculator.)

All in the Family
You may have the cards stacked against you when it comes to family health history, but nothing is certain. Only about 30 percent of aging is determined by genetic factors. The other 70 percent you control through your behaviors. Here are just a few examples of how you can alter the way your genes affect your health:

Did you know? Pictures of your parents can provide clues to your health. Here's how.

Kelly, Fall 2008 babies! Group Owner

Cafemom Healthy Moms  Moderator

30 Something Moms   Moderator

by on Nov. 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-3):
runner-mom
by on Nov. 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM

great article.  I was taught in school that genetics are the LEAST common reason for obesity.  It's almost ALWAYS lifestyle...

smurfy88
by Jessica on Nov. 22, 2010 at 6:39 PM

almost every single woman in my family gets bigger as they get older, but its ALL because of lifestyle, my grandma is big because she never moves off her chair, my aunt always eats fastfood and my mom became an alocoholic. My other aunt is big but that is because of her medication

MrsM121
by on Nov. 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

 I've seen the same thing in my family, the half I know about anyhow.  I had a great aunt who loved to eat and it was a running joke in our family that when she finished off one plate she would literally raise her arms and hands and plop up and down on the chair to make more room for more food! 

She ended up with diabetes and when she passed away she was so large they had to cut a hole in the wall to take her out through the garage because she couldn't fit through the front door.

I loved her to death but I see now just how unhealthy that was.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)