The Fat Gene and Being Genetically Over Weight

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Published on February 18, 2014

Author: MrNagamori

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Do over weight people really have a fat gene that controls their fate? Or can we Manipulate our genes to work for us...

Is Being Over Weight Really to be Blamed on Genetics? By Russ Nagamori You are the sum total of your social and physical heredity. Your physical heredity was not of your choice and neither were your initial interactions with society and the rest of your new environment. Other than plastic surgery, your physical attributes cannot be changed by will. Your current social environment however can be. We are all creatures of habit and we are unconsciously built for survival. Part of the way we all survive is to automatically adapt to the environments that we puts ourselves in. Your environment is up to you to change if it not to your benefit right now. You can change it at will. Being a young child, we absorb everything that reaches our minds through our five physical senses. Through these senses we take in information that we use to create ideas and ways of thinking. It eventually forms a part of who we are as in the case of our mental attitude. It also controls how we behave. After the first 6 to 10 years of our life, our mind is almost set even without consciously knowing that we can choose. Social heredity includes what we learn from schools, parents, family, friends, religion, and the books we read. It is what goes on in the environment in which we live. The habits we created when we were a child will be harder to break now since they have been with us for a long time. It is not impossible to break them but it will take effort. The environment we live in is very important to us and will have a sense of control on you if you believe it or not. Think of a person who is always positive and happy and place them in a house with 3 extremely negative people that always look on the down side of life. One of two things will happen over a long period of time: The positive person will become just as negative as the others or they will find a way out. The fat gene – do you have it? So we don’t have a choice in what we look like and the genetics we inherit. Could genes be stopping you from losing weight? Chances are you probably do not have the so called "fat" gene. But if so, how do you know? One of the most used excuses for being overweight or obese is saying that genetics prevents weight loss. Not true. Genetics definitely plays a role in physical structure but not when it comes to being fat and unhealthy. What genes may control is how your body processes different foods, or in other words; how it processes the energy Brought to you by: www.russnagamori.com

and nutrients from the foods. For example, one person may be able to eat a loaf of bread and not gain a pound while another person may eat the same loaf of bread and gain weight fast. This could be a genetic factor but it will also include a bunch of other factors. Another example is: Someone may experience rapid weight gain from eating pork while another may gain some weight but at a slower pace. It still doesn’t mean genetics are what makes a person overweight. It just means that the person has to be more conscious about what food they eat, how much they eat, and the reactions that different food has on their body. The previous sentence is simple yet so profound. It is estimated that 1 in 100 overweight people (not the whole world population) may experience a mutated gene (I can’t recall an exact reference – possibly CDC). A flaw, if you may, in the genes they were born with. Just like a child born with a mental or physical handicap. It just doesn’t happen to the majority of people. Or in other words, it’s generally a rare case. A difference in genetics could also result in one person being able to bulk up on muscle (through proper dieting and exercise) faster than another person that has the same diet and exercise routine but builds muscle slowly. That difference is not an excuse for the person who wants to build more muscle and finds it a bit difficult. It just means that they will have to give more it effort than the person with the supposed “good gene”. To go on further, why is it just now, in this time, that fat has become a problem? The answer: Technology. You probably drive a car or take some other way of transportation to work. You also probably have at least one television in your house or apartment. You have also most likely been through a drive through at a fast food restaurant at some point in your life. This is much different than the time when much more physical labor was needed to eat and go to work. As humans we had to work manually for everything in the past. We needed to hunt, harvest, and build our own shelters. Everything required physical labor. Today we have electronics and other technology to do pretty much everything for us. Not to mention that food is much more accessible today. Is that really genetic? I don’t think so. And for a gene to change it takes years, and happens gradually over time – time being generations. I’ve heard many times the phrase, “my parents were fat because of genetics so I will be fat for the rest of my life, too.” I think we would have to look at the habits of families like those. Just as genes are passed down in a family – so are habits and mental attitudes. If an overweight couple have bad eating habits and don’t care to exercise, what do you think will happen when they decide to have kids? Kids learn from observing and not from what they are told to do. The “do as I say and not as I do” is absolute nonsense. So with this same couple, I can guarantee that the kids will follow in their parent’s footsteps. The kids will be observing their parents habits and doing the exact same thing. Monkeys see and monkeys do. And then, without surprise, the kids become fat. It’s no different than smoking. If both parents smoke, the children will probably end up smokers as well. Is that genetics at work? Nope. It’s habit at work. Don’t think that just because you are born a certain way that you are not capable of getting the health you want. We are not born knowing how to interact with people. We Brought to you by: www.russnagamori.com

are not born with the knowledge of finance. We will never be born with a career on our plate. Those skills are all learned and applied and made into fixed habits – habits that can be changed. Our environment including where we grow up and the people that surround us is where we initially receive information and begin to develop our habits. So before anyone comes up with the, “it’s in the genes”, they should go find out if what they think is actually true. Brought to you by: www.russnagamori.com

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