Obesity can be a result of Gluttony genes

January 12th, 2009 - 4:20 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

British researchers found “Gluttony gene” a new cause of overeating in children which could lead to obesity and long term health problem.

Some parents might notice eating habit of their kids, that they tend to keep eating even though they are full. It might not be their faults.

Recently, scientists have discovered that there is a Gluttony gene, which can be an important factor that describes overeating habit in children and that is a major cause of obesity.

The study was carried out by Professor Jane Wardle, director of Cancer Research UK’s Health Behavior Research Center at University College London found that experiment conducted on 131 children (4-5 year-old) who were offered a plate of biscuits right after eating a meal. They found children who kept eating biscuits were more likely to have versions of a gene which has been linked to eating when full and being overweight.

She also stated about FTO gene, (her previous research) is linked to larger body size and the present one could tell more about how some children are more responsive to signals in their bodies encouraging them to eat when full than others. Knowing how the genes work is the first step to minimizing these negative effects.

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