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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 09:58 AM
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Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside
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<www.nytimes.com/2007/05/08/health/08fat.html?ref=scienc... >

"It was 1959. Jules Hirsch, a research physician at Rockefeller University, had gotten curious about weight loss in the obese. He was about to start a simple experiment that would change forever the way scientists think about fat."

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"The researchers concluded that 70 percent of the variation in peoples weights may be accounted for by inheritance, a figure that means that weight is more strongly inherited than nearly any other condition, including mental illness, breast cancer or heart disease.

The results did not mean that people are completely helpless to control their weight, Dr. Stunkard said. But, he said, it did mean that those who tend to be fat will have to constantly battle their genetic inheritance if they want to reach and maintain a significantly lower weight.

The findings also provided evidence for a phenomenon that scientists like Dr. Hirsch and Dr. Leibel were certain was true each person has a comfortable weight range to which the body gravitates. The range might span 10 or 20 pounds: someone might be able to weigh 120 to 140 pounds without too much effort. Going much above or much below the natural weight range is difficult, however; the body resists by increasing or decreasing the appetite and changing the metabolism to push the weight back to the range it seeks."

So I had a skinny daddy (who lost a lot of his stomach to ulcers) and a rounder mom. I definitely take after my mother body-type wise (stockier). I recently lost around 15-20 lbs by exercising regularly.

Does your weight correspond to your parents? And what does this mean to the weight loss industry?



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