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The Effects of Genetics on Obesity

Obesity is a condition which affects millions of Americans. In fact, experts believe that over 33 percent, or one-third, of U.S. citizens are obese at any given time. In addition to the physical damage that obesity often causes on the body, many overweight individuals are subject to low self-esteem and depression due largely to the common misconception that they are obese due to a lack of willpower and laziness. There is, in fact, scientific evidence which proves that genetics play an important role in who becomes obese and who doesn't.

Fat in the body creates a chemical called leptin. Leptin is a hormone that moves by means of blood circulation, ultimately sending signals to the brain that cause a reduction in appetite. After you successfully lose weight, your body will in turn start diminishing the amount of leptin it produces, causing you to feel hungry more often. In other words, the more weight loss a person experiences, the more difficult it becomes to resist the temptation to eat excessive amounts of food.

Scientists believe that a number genes cause the individuals who carry them to have an even greater cessation of leptin production when they lose weight, causing their appetites to become difficult to control. Additionally, these hunger-inducing genes are not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, studies show that weight is just as inheritable as height, appearance, mental illness, or heart disease.

If you have a family history of obesity and find that your body is more inclined to gain weight than lose weight, despite regular diet and exercise, then you may want to try a medical weight loss program to give you a head start towards reaching your weight loss goal. With the help of a weight loss specialist in Anapolsi you can successfully lose your excess weight and develop the skills necessary to keep the weight off for good.

Office Location: 2000 Medical Parkway | Suite 605 | Annapolis, MD 21401 | Phone: 410-266-5667

Dr. Emily Ulmer at LiveLyte Medical Weight Management offers a proven method of rapid weight loss, backed by years of bariatric medical research and success. The LiveLyte Program offers New Direction prescription meal replacements in conjunction with medical monitoring. On our staff, we have a lifestyle specialist, dietitian, and exercise specialist that will help you make and keep the lifestyle changes and ensure you maintain your weight loss for a lifetime.