U.K. researchers say they've discovered 'obesity gene'

U.K. researchers say they've discovered 'obesity gene'

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U.K. researchers say they've discovered 'obesity gene'

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Researchers in the United Kingdom report they have discovered the so-called "obesity gene."

A new study shows the gene can make fatty foods more tempting and elevate levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin that can lead to people eating too much too often.

It's believed one in six people carry the gene.

It appears eating a high-protein meal can lower levels of the hormone as well as certain forms of exercise such as cycling.

A study is published in the journal of clinical investigation.
 

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