Is obesity genetic?

It's actually true that genes influence weight. This was proven by observations of children who grew up separately from their biological parents in an adoptive family and did not resemble the weight of the adoptive parents, but rather that of the biological parents. Even more meaningful are studies of identical twins who lived in different environments and nevertheless shared a similar body weight.

Overweight man sits on the couch and eats chips and doughnuts

If both parents are overweight, it is very likely that their children will become fat adults. How is it that some people tend to be overweight and others not? Why can some people eat what they want and remain slim, while others only have to look at the cake and immediately gain a pound on their hips?

The reason for this is the different utilization of food energy. This is also referred to as "good" and "bad" feed converters. According to this theory, good "feed converters" are more likely to be overweight because their metabolism is particularly effective in using calories and thus keeping energy consumption to a minimum. Scientists today, however, assume that this phenomenon depends less on the digestion of food than on individual energy consumption.

If you are of the opinion that you belong to the "good" feed utilities, this should not be a license to put your hands in your lap and come to terms with obesity by saying, "It's just in my genes." With the right attitude and lifestyle, you can also reach your ideal weight. If you eat consciously and above all increase your energy consumption through more exercise and activity, you have a good chance of slimming down and staying slim. Your personal nutrition plan according to your metabolic type can provide you with valuable support.

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