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Genes linked to body shape could help develop new healthcare plans for treating obesity

Published on 14/10/2010
A new study has identified genes involved with dictating a person's body shape, sparking hopes it could lead to the development of a new healthcare plan for those with weight problems.

Published in the journal Nature Genetics, the study found 13 genes that seem to determine whether a person is 'pear' or 'apple' shaped.

The discovery is important as it is known that people who store fat around the waste (ie apple shaped) are more likely to suffer from certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, than those who tend to store it around the lower body (pear shaped).

Researchers demonstrated that these genetic variations affect waist-to-hip ratio distinct from any effect on overall obesity, while having a stronger effect on women than on men.

"By finding genes that have an important role in influencing whether we are apple shaped or pear shaped, and the ways in which that differs between men and women, we hope to home in on the crucial underlying biological processes," said Dr Cecilia Lindgren of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University.

"Understanding biology through finding genes is just a first step in a long journey towards treatment, but it is a vital one."
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