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The genetic/weight reality is that some of us have bodies that are naturally plumper than others. Such individuals are genetically designed to hold onto fat no matter how much they starve themselves.

In a range of studies using different methodologies, people living in similar environments and gorging on the same excessive high-calorie diet often weigh radically differently.

Some individuals plump up quickly, while others remain gangly, and everything in between. That variability was dramatically demonstrated in the classic 1970s prison study, published in Clinics in Endocrinology and Metabolism, where volunteers tried to gain weight, but some couldn't no matter how much they ate, including one inmate who was eating almost 10,000 calories a day.

Meanwhile, identical twins, whether raised separate or apart and no matter what they eat, won't ever significantly differ in weight.

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