Your Birth Year Can Influence Obesity Risk

Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 11:17 Hrs
34
cmt right
43
Comment Right
49
cmt right
14
cmt right
Printer Print Email Email


NEW YORK: People born before 1942 are less likely to be affected by a variant to a gene linked to obesity risk than those who are born after 1942. The effect is stronger in those born in later years, finds a fascinating research.



The findings underscore the effect of broad environmental changes to increase in obesity in recent times.



"We found that the correlation between the best known obesity-associated gene variant and body mass index increased significantly as the year of birth of participants increased," said lead author James Niels Rosenquist from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).



The researchers used data gathered between 1971 and 2008, when participants ranged in age from 27 to 63.



Looking at the relationships between participants' body mass index (BMI), as measured eight times during the study period, and the FTO gene variants they had inherited.



The previously reported association between a specific FTO variant and BMI was seen, on average, only in participants born in later years.



While there was no correlation between the obesity-risk variant and BMI for those born before 1942, in participants born after 1942 the correlation was twice as strong as reported in previous studies.



Post-World War II factors such as increased reliance on technology rather than physical labour and the availability of high-calorie processed foods are likely contributors to the environmental effects of obesity, the authors noted.



Also Read:
Jaipur Literature Festival Heads To U.S. Too In 2015
Lying On Facebook Leads To False Memories


Source: IANS
SPOTLIGHT
Technology
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is still developing its previously announced "Vacatio..
Enterprise IT
Taking on streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, Walt Disney Co. has announced it will laun..
Business
The Pentagon has selected Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS, the cloud computing arm ..
Finance
The Reserve Bank of India injected a total liquidity of Rs 2.98 lakh crore in the market in 20..
Entertainment
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin doesn't want season eight to be the final chapter of "..
US Indian
Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app sh..
Career
Wiley, a global leader in research and education has announced a series of blended learning progr..
Gadgets
Google Pixel and OnePlus smartphones are catching up and giving stiff competition to Samsu..
Startup City
Youth are leading India's start-up ecosystem where the median age of founder-entrepreneurs..