It’s nice to think that things aren’t our fault. The wind knocked over the vase – not me! I didn’t spill scalding oatmeal on you, you ran into…

It’s nice to think that things aren’t our fault. The wind knocked over the vase – not me! I didn’t spill scalding oatmeal on you, you ran into me! I eat alright; my genes are why I’m fat! Well, unfortunately the third excuse is probably not accurate. In a recent study, the authors looks into genetics and obesity. There’s a gene called FTO, which some people have, predisposes them to be obese. However, in a study of 752 teens, researchers found that despite having this predisposition, teens who exercised more could mitigate the effects of it. This increased accountability may make some people upset. After all, it shifts the blame onto the person, rather than some uncontrollable factor. But really, this is great news. It shows that people are able to overcome something ingrained in their bodies, and become healthier. While it may mean an hour on an exercise bike, the extra years in lifespan and smaller waist size will more than make up for it.

– Will

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