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How does genetics affect obesity?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine
Genetics do play a role in obesity, and people whose parents are obese have a tenfold increased risk of being obese. However, there are many people with obese parents who are slender and healthy. It is the combination of food choices, inactivity and genetics that determines the likelihood of obesity. Excellent nutrition and a healthy lifestyle will overwhelm genetics and allow even those with a genetic hindrance to achieve a healthy weight.
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