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Collaborative Success Stories: Exercising Power


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When it comes to exercise, not all genes are created equal.

University of Missouri veterinary biology scientist Dr. Frank Booth has spent decades researching activity levels, eating habits and other factors that contribute to childhood obesity.  Together with colleagues from two other colleges—Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Human Environmental Sciences—Booth studied rodents to see how genes interact with environmental factors such as diet and exercise.

Booth’s findings indicate that some rodents are more genetically prone to physical activity than others.  “We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy,” Booth says.  “This could be an important step in identifying additional causes for obesity in humans.”

In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. Research like Booth’s might help turn the numbers around.

Dr. Frank Booth is a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the MU School of Medicine and a research investigator in the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine