Genes aren't to blame for obesity rates, experts say

Genetics can predispose a person to being overweight but does not explain the rapid increase in obesity rates, which are tied to eating habits and other behavioral changes, weight-loss experts say. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Steven Clark says one copy of the FTO gene linked to obesity is associated with an additional 2.6 pounds of weight, but study data show that people with the gene who exercised were able to reduce its effect by 27%.

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