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Is obesity inherited?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Small portion

Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics.
Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and national levels. The tremendous uptick in obesity rates is certainly not the product of altered genetics but rather an overall societal trends towards enormous portion sizes, high fat & sugary foods, and decreased physical activity.

In brief: Small portion

Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics.
Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and national levels. The tremendous uptick in obesity rates is certainly not the product of altered genetics but rather an overall societal trends towards enormous portion sizes, high fat & sugary foods, and decreased physical activity.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Partly

Studies have shown that if your parents are obese, you have a higher risk of obesity as well.
However, this risk can be controlled and overcome by what you do with your life: diet/exercise/healthy living...

In brief: Partly

Studies have shown that if your parents are obese, you have a higher risk of obesity as well.
However, this risk can be controlled and overcome by what you do with your life: diet/exercise/healthy living...
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

There are few inherited conditions which cause obesity.
Most obesity is not inherited, but obesity does tend to be "familial". One can be genetically destined to have more efficient energy use, smaller energy needs, or "slower metabolism"; and thus may become obese even if eating just moderate amounts of food; but he won't get obese if he wills himself to eat less food. He didn't inherit obesity.

In brief: Usually not

There are few inherited conditions which cause obesity.
Most obesity is not inherited, but obesity does tend to be "familial". One can be genetically destined to have more efficient energy use, smaller energy needs, or "slower metabolism"; and thus may become obese even if eating just moderate amounts of food; but he won't get obese if he wills himself to eat less food. He didn't inherit obesity.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Obesity inherit

There is a description that the outcome or phenotype, is a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors.
In this case, there are over 50 different genes that have been linked to obesity. But there is always an interaction with the environment. In this case, our environment has made access to food, portion size, and calorie content too large. The genes haven't changed, environment has.

In brief: Obesity inherit

There is a description that the outcome or phenotype, is a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors.
In this case, there are over 50 different genes that have been linked to obesity. But there is always an interaction with the environment. In this case, our environment has made access to food, portion size, and calorie content too large. The genes haven't changed, environment has.
Dr. Marc Neff
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Dr. Girish Kalva
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

its inherited by the same bad habits that your parents gave you since your childhood.
There are rare genetic conditions too which can cause it but majority of cases are from diet and lifestyle issues. MC4R gene and FTO gene issues are the most common inherited causes of genetic obesity

In brief: No

its inherited by the same bad habits that your parents gave you since your childhood.
There are rare genetic conditions too which can cause it but majority of cases are from diet and lifestyle issues. MC4R gene and FTO gene issues are the most common inherited causes of genetic obesity
Dr. Girish Kalva
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