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  • We Might Be One Pill Away From Being Thin

    10 posts, 7 voices, 680 views, started Feb 23, 2009

    Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 by Yana Berlin

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      The key to controlling obesity may lie in a single gene.

      The finding explains why some people do not put on weight despite being inactive and eating junk food, while others struggle to lose the pounds.

      Scientists studying common variants of the FTO gene found slight differences could have a major impact on metabolism.  

      Weighty issue: One gene may explain why some inactive people stay thin, while others struggle to lose the pounds

      Previous research had suggested that the variants altered the amount people ate but made no difference to the rate at which they burned up energy.
      But the latest experiments with mice found the gene seemed to affect energy expenditure at the cellular level as well.

      The scientists, led by Dr Ulrich Ruther, from the University of Dusseldorf, found that without FTO mice remained thin despite eating large amounts of food and being inactive.

      The research, reported in an online paper from the journal Nature, suggested that FTO-deficient mice were burning up energy faster than animals with a functioning FTO gene.
      People with a high risk version of the gene weigh on average three kilograms more than those with a low risk version.

      Understanding FTO mechanisms could pave the way to developing therapeutic targets for obesity.

      The German scientists told Nature: ‘This finding will promote research into the development of drugs that modulate FTO activity.’



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          Denise Richardson wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • The only thing I don’t agree with is this photo, why is the woman in the photo consider obesed just because she is a little thicker than the other woman. In my opinion obese is over 400+ lbs. not including muscle. Why does society think everyone wants to be a size 2? A lot of us full figure woman are happy in our skin. Not everyone want to take a pill to be thin and who said thin is in???? Thats just another opinon of mine, not pointing fingers at you Yana lol.



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          Jenni0811 wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • That pharmaceutical company will be wealthy beyond compare....when is the stock going to be avail???



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • Fat mass and obesity associated, also known as FTO is a gene on human chromosome 16 in which certain variants appear to be correlated with obesity in humans.

          There you go CD

          Actually I’ve been down to a size 2 when ill and I looked vile ... I know I’m trying to lose weight now but not that much I look like just old flabby flesh



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          Yana Berlin wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • @Neicy, because we live in a sick society, where size 2 is something everyone aspires to and size 12 is obese.

          I remember seeing a nutritionist, I was 37 5.5 and 156 lbs, granted that’s not skinny, but the doctor announced that I was obese, when I said by who’s standards? His reply was by the American Heart Society. I walked out very upset and ended up losing 20 lbs,. During that period I was angry and depressed, because I was always hungry. I regained the weight back and became obese but happy.

          From then on I never ask if I’m overweight, I just claim that I’m pleasantly, proportionally plump, and everyone that doesn’t agree, get out of that room estatic



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • well said Yana - as I say thin is not for everyone !



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 23, 2009
        • I like this pledge:

          I'm pleasantly, proportionally plump, and everyone that doesn't agree, get out of that room



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