Genetics More Than Poor Parenting Responsible for Childhood Obesity
ContributorNetwork - An Ohio 8-year-old was removed from his parents' home and placed in foster care recently, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The child weighs more than 200 pounds and his parents are being charged with medical neglect. In the nature vs. Nurture debate, the state blames poor parenting, while research says family history of weight problems might be the link to childhood obesity. Here's a look at childhood obesity and the heredity vs. Environment discussion.
Source: Yahoo! News: Biotechnology News
New hope for fight against genetically determined obesity. A large group of people with obesity have a genetic mutation that is causing their obesity. Common treatments for obesity only benefit these people to a limited extent, but now a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen reveals that they can be treated effectively with the medicine liraglutide, which is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. Source 4a.