Think Genes Drive Obesity? You May Eat Less Healthy

September 8th, 2015

People with a family history of obesity who believe their genes doom them to the same may "give up" and eat worse, a new study suggests.

The study found that when it comes to weight, feelings of powerlessness against one's DNA was tied to a higher body mass index -- a measurement that takes into account weight and height.

A person with such an outlook "may engage in more behaviors that are rewarding in the short term, such as eating unhealthful foods and avoiding exercise," wrote study co-authors Drs. Jessica Alquist and Mike Parent. People who believe that genes dictate body weight may also avoid "healthful behaviors with more long-term benefits for weight management," the researchers said.

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A high salt intake may be linked to an increased chance of obesity, independent of how many calories are consumed, experts report. 

A new analysis published in the journal Hypertension found that an extra 1g a day of salt is associated with a 28% extra risk of being overweight or obese among children and a 26% increase in adults. However, some experts say the interpretation of the findings are over simplistic.

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