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Scientist locate obesity genes which affect our size and weight

Scientist locate obesity genes which affect our size and weight | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

These obesity genes seem to work by changing how the brain regulates appetite and energy use, rather than changing the body's metabolism, said the researchers, writing in the journal Nature.

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The article cites a study by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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Jess Goris's curator insight, February 19, 2018 6:38 PM
- Just reading the headline by gears started to grind. Thinking of obesity being genetic kind of, possibly, crossed my mind before. Usually when children's parents are overweight or obese, their children tend to be as well...from what I have noticed.
- With the will power of knowing obesity is genetically linked to your DNA, you know exactly why you are more likely to gain the weight in your middle region of the body (stomach).
- "In fact, more than a fifth of the differences between people's weight can be explained by 'obesity genes' they said." This is so shocking to be me knowing that nearly 70% of americans are overweight/obese. This could be one of the reasons for that -- not just fast foods and unhealthy eating behaviours.
- In the article, they state that from studies they found how these genes affect people. Diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol. With that being said, this could help them in future with ways to treat these diseases. I've always been told, when one door closes, the next one will open. They closed the door on trying to find what causes obesity because they finished their findings. Now, the next one opens with using this research for future reference when finding a cure for such diseases.
- "This means it might be possible to be both overweight and healthy." This makes so much sense to me because we know having a little bit of meat on our bones is always a good thing. Just because our waists aren't paper thin and stomachs flat as paper doesn't mean we're unhealthy. Just means you're overweight and healthy!
- It was also predicted that in the "future people can be screened to assess whether their weight meant they were likely to develop a disease."
- Going back to my first point saying overweight/obese parents tend to have overweight/obese children...the article later states "the two studies come after an analysis published yesterday suggested parents' lifestyle - rather than their genes - is responsible for their children being overweight." This is what I meant! A parent parents their children based off of how they were raised, so if they were raised in big portions, no exercise, unhealthy foods, they're more likely to feed their children that way -- it's the only way they are familiar with.
ALEX HALL's comment, May 4, 2018 4:17 AM
https://topweightlossteasaustralia.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/drinking-weight-loss-tea-your-lifestyle/
ScientificAnimations's comment, August 17, 2018 5:29 AM
In 1997, the WHO formally recognized obesity as a global epidemic. Let's pay attention to it. http://sco.lt/56vvhh
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It's official: The British are born to be miserable, new research finds

It's official: The British are born to be miserable, new research finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
“The British do not expect happiness,” claimed English writer Quentin Crisp – and it appears he may have been right.
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.

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Americans, Brits and French are born miserable: Length of gene determines how happy you will be

Americans, Brits and French are born miserable: Length of gene determines how happy you will be | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The French are often accused of being grumpy and dismissive. But Britons and Americans are also hardwired to be miserable, scientists claim, the Daily Mail reports.

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Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE 

Americans and Brits are genetically programmed to be MISERABLE  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
  • Scientists at Warwick University discovered the gene responsible for serotonin levels in the brain is responsible for setting your mood
  • The shorter the gene, the lower the levels of the mood-enhancing hormone
  • Longer the gene the higher the levels of serotonin, thus people are happier
  • Danes found to be happiest, and have longest form of the gene
  • But those in France are most miserable, with the shortest form
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Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse

Britons are born grumpy. But cheer up, French are worse | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The British, Americans and the French are born to be miserable and no amount of money or sunshine will change that, researchers suggest
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Article discussing research to be presented at the Happiness Around the World Festival of Social Science event.


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British forensic experts work with Mexican parents to create database of disappeared

British forensic experts work with Mexican parents to create database of disappeared | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As Mexican president announces police revamp following student atrocity outrage, British-funded project aims to identify human remains buried in mass graves across violence-plagued country
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​Brits genetically ‘programmed’ to be grumpy

​Brits genetically ‘programmed’ to be grumpy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
According to research published on Thursday, Brits are more likely to be grumps because they possess a “short form” version of a gene that produces serotonin – the neurochemical which controls happiness levels in the brain.
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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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Feeling grumpy? Britons were officially BORN to be miserable

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HERE'S some news to brighten your day - Britons are born to be miserable and down–trodden, according to new research.
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