Researchers at McMaster University have found that individuals around the world can lead a physically active lifestyle and evade the effect of inherited obesity genes by doing so.

The study was published on January 4, 2016 in the journal called Scientific Reports. It was shown that a physically active lifestyle can significantly decrease the genetic effect of the obesity gene which is known as FTO on body weight in a multiethnic population.

This means that even if you carry predisposing obesity genes, you can still do something about it! Data was looked at for up to 17, 400 people from multiple ethnic groups (South Asian, East Asian, European, African, Latin American and Native North American). These people were recruited from 17 countries and were monitored for over three years to conduct the study.

Different measures of physical activity were analyzed, and the traditional body mass index (BMI) was compared to the newly developed concept of body adiposity index, researchers of the study stated.

14 obesity predisposing genes were analyzed and it was found that physical activity could cancel out the genetic effect of these genes, up to 75%.

These results show us that living a healthy and active lifestyle may impact the predisposition to obesity.

So get out there and do something active! It is recommended you do something of at least 30 minutes every day. Go for a walk with a friend, go for a bicycle ride, a swim, play some beach volleyball… the choices are endless.

What is your favorite way to stay active?


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