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Can't fit into your jeans? Don't blame your genes

Can't fit into your jeans? Don't blame your genes

A recent headline proclaimed "Americans blame obesity on willpower, despite evidence it's genetic." I think the headline writer meant "Americans blame obesity on lack of willpower," but never mind that for now. Let's talk about the implications of the statement: "it's genetic." Are obese people really helpless victims of their genes?

There is a grain of truth to that notion. There are heritable conditions that make it literally impossible for individuals to control their eating. But even those unfortunates can have a normal weight if someone else controls their food intake; the fat does not miraculously appear on their bodies. And while these are...

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