By the time individuals hit their 40s, choices made by cohabiting couples, including those linked to diet and exercise, have a greater effect than the lifestyle each shared with brothers, sisters, and parents growing up.
Researchers go on to say the study will further help scientists understand ties between obesity, genetics, and lifestyle habits.
Its findings bolster the message; lifestyle changes in adulthood can have a significant effect tackling obesity, regardless of a person’s genetic makeup.
The research team reviewed data provided by 20,000 people from Scottish families. They compared the individual’s family genetics and home environment in childhood and adulthood and related these to measures tied to health and obesity.
The information originally collated as part of the generation Scotland project is a national resource of health data and helps researchers to investigate you know who links to health conditions.
Professor Chris Haley of the medical research council’s human genetics unit at the University of Edinburgh led this research study published in the journal PL OS Genetics.
Professor Haley stated; “Although genetics accounts for a significant proportion of the variation between people, our study has shown at the environment you share with your partner in adulthood also influences whether you become obese and this is more important than your upbringing. The findings also show that even people who come from families with a history of obesity can reduce their risk by changing their lifestyle habits.”
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Pedigree- and SNP-Associated Genetics and Recent Environment are the Major Contributors to Anthropometric and Cardiometabolic Trait Variation. Charley Xia, Carmen Amador, Jennifer Huffman, Holly Trochet, Archie Campbell, David Porteous, Generation Scotland, Nicholas D. Hastie, Caroline Hayward, Veronique Vitart, Pau Navarro, Chris S. Haley. PLOS Genetics. DOI.10.1371/journal.pgen.1005804. Published online February 2, 2016.
Source: University of Edinburgh
Additional source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society
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