HEALTHY TEENAGERS?

MONDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) — Does carrying a gene tied to obesity doom a teenager to becoming obese? Not if that teen stays physically active, a new study shows.  Among genes related to obesity, mutations in the so-called fat mass-and-obesity-associated gene (FTO) appear to be particularly important. In fact, each copy of a mutation in this gene has been tied to an average jump in weight of about 3.3 pounds, the researchers say.  However, an hour of physical activity a day largely negated the gene’s effect, the new study found.

Unfortunately, most kids’ activity decreases dramatically when they enter adolescence:

AUDIO  – Minnesota Public Radio (need Real Player)

Teens slow down and gain weight (program audio)

Exercising teens

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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