Are Your Genes Making You Fat and Sick?

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1. INTRODUCTION

“For generations, my family has been overweight or obese, and I’m just wondering how much of weight gain is dictated by genes?” writes this week’s house call. “Do my genes create my destiny?”

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

Some genes can predispose you to obesity, type 2 diabetes or heart disease. But predisposition is not pre-destiny. Ninety percent of our current health is controlled by the environment in which we bathe our genes – the food we eat, our exercise regimen, our resilience in the face of stress and our exposure to environmental toxins.

In this article Dr. Hyman explores how genetics and the environment affect weight gain and also discusses 7 Ways to Simplify Weight Loss…

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