Being overweight is a genuine medical condition
A study by Monash University in May 2011 found more than 1.7 million Australians were obese – having a body mass index (BMI) over 30.
Importantly, we now understand this is not because of a lifestyle choice or a personal weakness. Scientists have discovered several genes, which predispose someone to obesity – including the FTO, PCSK1 and ENPP1 genes. This finally explains why obesity often runs in families and why, for the majority of sufferers, diet and exercise are simply ineffective.
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