The Daily Mail reported that scientists have found that the key to staying slim could be in your genes. Scientists believe they have found the ‘gluttony gene’ which fails to tell your brain when you are full.
Researchers at Georgetown School Healthcare Hub in the U.S conducted a research project using mice. In the study they found that a single gene broke down communication in the body and led to non-stop eating and rapid weight gain.
Generally after a meal, the activity of this gene transmits chemical signals down a chain of brain cells until they reach the hypothalamus, which receives the message that you are full and suppresses the appetite. However the mice which had a mutation of this gene ate twice as much as those without the mutation.
Scientists hope that identifying the gene could help with treatments for obesity which affects nearly one in four adults in the UK.
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