Walking Weakens Obesity Genes


A person’s body weight is the result of a combination of genetic and lifestyle elements. The question is, how strong does the two elements affect one another?

As quoted by Time, the study of the Harvard School of Public Health found that that lifestyle can affect genes related to body weight.

The study reported at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in San Diego, revealed that walking briskly for an hour a day can inhibit the activity of genes that influence obesity by 50 percent. Walking of course is known to have many health benefits for the body. It was previously even known that people who walks slow tent to experience dementia.

Meanwhile, activity without motion, such as watching television for hours, will stimulate increased activity of the same gene on weight gain. “Lifestyle can completely change the effect of genes on obesity,” said Qi Qibin, leader of the study.

The study involving over 12 thousand men and women analyzed 32 genetic variants associated with body mass index (BMI), which is the ratio of height and body weight that are used to identify obesity.

Researchers said the findings becomes hope for those who are not blessed with slim genes. That the fat genes inherited from parents can still be changed by how they live their lives.

However, researchers still need a more comprehensive follow-up study to strengthen the conclusions.