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is there a way that heredity affects body weight like eds?

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Dr. Ricardo Alvillar
42 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Pima indians of the desert southwestern us live where food is scarce. Therefore, a gene that makes food storage into fat very efficient so that they survive the desert. Taken out of the desert, and fed a standard american diet, they will gain weight. Similar genes are certainly present that will soon be described once the human genome is fully known.
Answered on May 17, 2016
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