Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nature vs Nurture: Genetic Risk of Obesity vs Exercise

It's been an interesting week looking at the effect of sugar-sweetened beverages on children, adolescents & adults.  More specifically, in 3 adult populations, there appears to be a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and genetic-predisposition towards obesity.  So while I typically wait for peer-reviewed publication before commenting, I couldn't resist a segue based upon an abstract presented at last week's Obesity Society conference linking exercise to decrease in genetic risk of obesity.

Specifically, the presenter noted that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity tempered one's genetic risk of obesity from up to 42 loci associated with weight in a study of 8,113 adolescents.  If you're like me, you probably had a Duh! moment.  After all, regular exercise and proper nutrition are key to obtaining & maintaining a healthy weight. So, as I've noted previously in a series of posts, don't just sit there, do something!

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