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A healthy home with more fruits and vegetables and less time watching TV can cut children's genetic obesity risks by HALF, study finds

A healthy home environment could cut a child's genetic risk for obesity by half, a new study has found.  Genetics put some people at greater risk of obesity than others, and, because fraternal twins share 50 percent of their genes and identical twins share 100 percent of their DNA, their inherited risks should be similar.  Scientists from University College London conducted the research on both types of twins, they found that the environment could actually alter how much influence those obesity genes exert on body mass index (BMI).  When children lived in a home with less access to fruits and vegetables and more time spent watching TV, genetics accounted for 86 percent of their obesity risk.  Read more...

 

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