Studies reveal gene variations linked to obesity, body shape

10/10/2010 | Reuters

Two separate research teams have identified more than 30 gene mutations that could lead to a better understanding of obesity and possibly new approaches for preventing or treating the condition. In one study, scientists found 13 gene locations that may influence body shape and appear stronger in women than in men. Earlier studies have shown that apple-shaped individuals, who carry more fat around their waists, have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease than pear-shaped people, or those carrying extra weight in thighs and buttocks.

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