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A 21-year-old member asked:

can i become fat person as my parents are not fat?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Genetic plays a role in being fat but lifestyle is also a very big factor. If you don't exercise, eat whatever you want at excessive amount, you can get fat despite having normal weight parents.
Dr. Karl Muench
Clinical Genetics 61 years experience
Yes.: Overweight and obesity are partially genetic and partially environmental, (related to diet and activity). Also, the reverse is true: an obese person can have parents of normal weight.
Dr. Marek Lutrzykowski
Bariatrics 42 years experience
Yes: Yes you can.
Dr. Jennie Law
Endocrinology 14 years experience
Absolutely: Eat too much, be sedentary and voila!

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