2015-02-13

New U-M Health Article: Largest ever genome-wide study strengthens genetic link to obesity

Researchers at the University of Michigan, MIT, Harvard, and Mt. Sinai Health System have found a link between genetics and people's tendencies to put on weight.

Important findings include (Source):
  • The largest genetic association study identified more than 100 locations across the genome that play a role in obesity.
  • No single gene or genetic variant leads to obesity.
  • While diet and exercise are important, the study sharpens the role genetics play in people's tendency to gain weight and where the fat is stored.
  • The new genetic findings open the door to new biological studies that could lead to better, tailored treatments for obesity and its complications.
To read the article in full, click here.