Exercise Trumps Teen Obesity Gene

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Exercise Trumps Teen Obesity Gene

One hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day can help adolescents overcome genetic predispositions to weight gain, say European researchers.  In a population of 752 teens, physical activity mitigated the effects of gene FTO rs9939609 known as ‘fatso’ for short.  The FTO gene predisposes kids and adults to obesity.  The negative effects of the FTO gene (teen obesity) disappeared for active adolescents and their body mass index scores were on par with teens that didn’t carry the gene.  This is the first study to demonstrate that regular exercise can neutralize its effects in adolescents.  So even if you do have the gene, there’s something you can do about and that something is exercise!

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