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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Study: Obesity could be caused by specific gene

New research has found that obesity might not entirely be people's fault, as a new type of gene was discovered which programs people to eat more.

Fox News Latino reports that the study, which comes soon after obesity was labeled a "disease," says that being obese might not entirely be due to people's lack of exercise or eating out all the time.

The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on Monday, determined that a certain type of the obesity gene FTO makes one in six people hungrier as well as crave more high-fat foods, which therefore increases chances of obesity.

According to the study, two types of FTO genes, a high-risk and a low-risk are passed down from each parent. If a person is found to have two high-risk FTO genes, that person is 70 percent more likely to be obese than those who have a variant of the gene.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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