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Obesity, Genetics & Genes

Although the genetic link to obesity is obvious, the exact relationship between genes and the susceptibility to gain weight isn't straightforward, states the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention.

Several studies have noted the genetic elements are seldom traced back to a single gene. In fact, the interaction of multiple genes appear to contribute to obesity, wrote Timothy Aitman, M.D., Ph.D. in the May 22, 2003, New England Journal of Medicine. And, these genes and alliances have proven very hard to identify.

The number of genes, markers and chromosomal regions that have been linked or associated with human obesity is now well above 200, Dr. Miina Ohman at the Departments of Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Helsinki, Finland, has reported.

But the human obesity gene map is continually being expanded, with updates in Obesity Research. Genetic obesity research is still in its infancy, advancing vigorously just since the 1994 discovery of leptin, a hormone that diminished with certain genetic mutations and was thought to potentially trigger obesity.

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Obesity is now the "trillion dollar disease". This reflects the social costs of obesity, in health and lost production, as well as the weight loss drug profits that might be made for any pharmaceutical company that finds a drug-cure for obesity. The search for viable weight loss medications continues, although pharmaceutical weight loss products still have significant side effects.

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