Fat storage capacity is due to genes

Fat storage capacity is due to genesA new study has stated that despite eating same kind of food items, some people are fatter than others. For this genes are responsible to a great extent.

A number of genes were found by researchers at the University of Edinburgh that might cause people to keep unnecessary weight in the body. These findings can lead to various medicines that might aid in fighting obesity or completely avoiding it.

Fat tissue from mice was compared by scientists. Mice had been selectively bred for many generations to be increasingly fat or thin and due to this genes related to weight were acquired.

The breakdown of fat was prevented by genes and they were pinpointed by the researchers. It was seen that in the fat tissue of overweight mice these were present more.

One overweight parent and one lean parent were taken to feed the mice and it was seen that the same active genes were present in the offspring that became fat as in the overweight parent.

Dr Nik Morton, a Wellcome Trust research career development fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cardiovascular Science, said, “While genes controlling appetite are known to be important in determining our fatness, our study shows that genes switched on in the fat tissue itself can play a role in determining why some people tend to hang onto their fat more easily than others.”

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