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How Much of Childhood Obesity is Genetic?

By DrLaPuma 13 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Child Obesity  /  How Much of Childhood Obesity is Genetic?
Dr John La Puma

Bad genes–do your kids have yours?
Insulin resistance is part of it. In kids, especially Hispanic kids!

Obesity is polygenic: not just one gene, but many, contribute to overweight in kids. Genes for leptin, the leptin receptor, and the melanocortin 4 receptor interact with what your kids eat.

Kids obesity is medical. Role modelling helps–for yourself, get a personal medical appointment. But for your kids, there are genetic signs.

Small for gestational age birth weight and excessive weight gain during childhood are two signs.

Premature onset of puberty is another.

So is an allergic

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