Genetics of Obesity

Genetics plays an important role in obesity. In disorders such as Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and Prader- willi syndrome, genes can directly cause obesity. The percentage of obesity that can be attributed to genetics varies widely, depending on the population examined, from 6% to 85%.At the risk of oversimplification, it seems that from a genetic standpoint, human obesity appears less a metabolic than a neurobehavioural disease.

Genes do not always predict future health but genes and behavior may both be needed for a person to be overweight. In few cases multiple genes and other factors; such as abundant food supply or little physical activity increases susceptibility for obesity. Population-based association and linkage studies have highlighted a number of loci at which genetic variation is associated with obesity. 


  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Epigenetics
  • Hereditary Factors
  • Genetic Mutations
  • Global Methylation and Obesity

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