How Do Genes Affect Body Weight?
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Although experts are unsure as to how much our weight is influenced by our genes, several associations between weight and hereditary factors have been identified. For example:
Appetite can be affected by hereditary factors.
Genes can affect the amount of fat and muscle in our body. This fat-muscle ratio has a direct effect on our BMR and thus on our weight.
Thermogenesis - the amount of energy we need to metabolize food - may be affected by our genes. This, too, is likely to affect our weight.
Thyroid function, which is responsible for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism - both of which influence our weight, may be affected by genetic factors.
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