According to a recent study, carrying a single gene may increase the proneness an individual faces to eat too much and become obese . Scientists indicate that carrying one of two variants of the FTO gene increases the risk of overeating and obesity .
According to experts at University College London, children with the gene variants faced a greater likelihood to binge on biscuits after eating. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity .
Professor Jane Wardle, the lead researcher, reportedly commented: "We believe this research tells us more about how some children are more responsive to signals in their bodies encouraging them to eat when full than others. Knowing how the genes work is the first step to minimising these negative effects. The occasional treat won't do us any harm - but this study showed that some children don't know when to stop - which could lead to the onset of obesity and a lifetime of health problems. Children with higher risk versions of the gene might be helped if parents do their bit to keep temptations out of the home."
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