ROLE OF GENETICS IN OBESITY
Genetics are what everything is made out of. Without genetics we would not live. We have our parent's genetics and they have their parent's genetics and so on. On this page we are going to teach you what genetics is and how it is related to obesity. Everyone has genetics and some people have bad ones that may cause obesity.
What Is A Gene?
Each cell in the human body carries 25,000 to 35,000 genes. Genes carry information about the person and their traits. If both parents have blue eyes, it is likely that their offspring will have blue eyes too. Genes are strung on these tiny strings called chromosomes. Genes have special jobs, to carry blueprints for building proteins.
How Are Genetics And Obesity Related?
Genetics and obesity are related because when two parents are significantly overweight, it is likely that child or children will have a weight problem. Since a child inherits most of his or her traits from their parents, the weight problem that is passed down is hereditary. Many obesity cases have been evaluated by doctors and genetics is one of the main causes for this problem. Doctors also evaluate childhood obesity cases, and genetics are the main cause. Many children every year are diagnosed with diseases because of their weight. Each parent passes a least one gene down to their offspring. When the child is born, it will have inherited its parent's genes, one of them may be a weight problem gene, which could develop into diseases. For example, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.
As You Can See…
As you can see, genetics are a big cause of obesity. Many scientists today are working on the study of genes and uncovering the mystery behind them. Having obesity through genes can be very life threatening. Along with the weight gene from one parent, the other parent could pass down a serious disease such as HIV, and this may clash with the weight problem in the offspring and result in early childhood death. Thousands of children every year have this same problem of two genes clashing which results in death. Also, having a weight problem and some other problem like HIV might make it harder to recover. Other diseases like cancer will also clash with weight problems making it even harder for a child to rehabilitate.