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News number: 8710291351

15:21 | 2009-01-18

Science

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Obesity Bequeathed to Children

TEHRAN (FNA)- Findings of a recent study revealed that wrong eating habits reprogram DNA controls and pass the fatness gene not only to an individual's children but also to future generations.



According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, adopting unhealthy diets place the individual at a greater risk of obesity and predispose his/her offspring to certain conditions including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The damages caused by poor eating habits are remembered in the epigenetics responsible for controlling the genes and are passed onto later generations.

They can subsequently turn off good genes needed to prevent diabetes, heart disease and other complications in the offspring.

The study revealed that the impact of high-sugar foods such as eating a chocolate bar damages the gene controllers for two weeks.

Melbourne scientists concluded that children inherit obesity through genes.