You might have blamed your genetic makeup for not losing weight easily but a comprehensive study has found that your genes don’t affect your weight.
FTO gene carriers were said to be on average 3 kilos heavier and are 70 percent more likely to be obese. However, Newcastle University researchers
reported that in a review of 8 studies which involved 9000 participants, having this gene did not prevent them to lose weight.
Lead author and Professor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, John Mathers, said
, “You can no longer blame your genes. Our study shows that improving your diet and being more physically active will help you lose weight, regardless of your genetic makeup."
People who carried the FTO gene can just as well respond to weight loss interventions.
"We were excited to find that people with the risk version of FTO respond just as well to weight loss interventions as everyone else. This is important news for people trying to lose weight as it means that diet, physical activity or drug-based weight loss plans will work just as well in those who carry the risk version of FTO. For public health professionals, it means that the adverse effects of the FTO genotype on weight gain are not an impediment to weight loss interventions," Professor Mathers added.