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VIDEO: Genetics’ Role in Obesity Epidemic

October 23, 2014

Society puts a lot of focus on individual efforts, but University of Missouri researcher Dr. Elizabeth Parks says body weight is 60-80% genetics, not lifestyle.

Overweight people are often perceived as “lazy” while thin people are given credit for their hard work. The truth is, everyone is predisposed to a certain body type. However, obesity isn’t unavoidable. Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.

Knowing family history can help people determine what kind of lifestyle choices to make in order to stay healthy. Modifying lifestyle now can lower future risk of serious complications like heart disease, infertility, cancer, sleep apnea, and Alzheimer’s disease.