Lifestyle v genetics in obesity regional gap
Scientists led by the University of Edinburgh examined 11,000 individuals from across Scotland to determine wether genetic factors or lifestyle were the cause of regional differences in obesity rates. Scientists looked at figures related to obesity along with genetic information from DNA tests and records of lifestyle and socioeconomic factors.
The team found that lifestyle factors such as diet, alcohol, smoking and other measures of deprivation had the biggest impact on differences in obesity rates.
The research published in the journal Nature Communications concluded that helping people to change their lifestyle including diet and activity levels could reduce differences in obesity rates and help narrow the health divide between regions.
NOTE: The research was funded by the Medical Research Council