Topic Woman claims she can't get a job because she is overweight.
25 Sep 2016 15:24
Added; Also, in most cases it has to do with metabolism, PTSD (traumatic life events) and how long one's body has held the fat. It is no more a choice than having a bad stutter, which can be corrected with hard work as well, but, as it should be, there is no judgment.
That's not true. It's a choice.
"It's a myth that we have no control over our body weight," says JoAnn Manson, an obesity expert and chief of preventive medicine at Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital. She says genes do partly determine body shape, but not mostly. "Maybe a third is genetic and the remainder is lifestyle-based," Manson says.
The Tale of the Twins
Well, a recent study done at California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that people with exactly the same genes — identical twins — could have big differences in their weight. The researchers studied 35 pairs of identical twins to try to learn if certain traits, like obesity, are mostly hereditary. Their conclusion — fat is not.
Researcher Paul Williams says he was surprised by the study's findings. Even though identical twins "have the same genes, they do have the freedom of choice. … They can decide how much they want to exercise, how lean they want to be," Williams says.
Take John Sovocool and his twin brother, Wayne. Despite having the exact same genes, John is 50 pounds lighter than his brother.
Paul Williams says he was surprised by his study's findings. "Even though these two have the same genes, they do have the freedom of choice. They can decide how much they want to exercise, how lean they want to be," Williams says.
This goes against what I've been hearing, which is that your body type, basically, determines how, how big you are.
John Sovocool says he doesn't buy that argument. "People are overweight," he says, because number one, they eat too much, and because they don't exercise enough. Period."
John runs nearly every day. Wayne lifts weights, but he doesn't exercise nearly as much as John. And, Wayne eats more than John.
We took the twins to a buffet so we could spy on their eating habits. Sure enough, John made a beeline for the fruit salad. Wayne went for the chow fun and the octopus, dumplings, deep-fried seafood, barbecue pork, prime rib, and baked, cheese-stuffed oysters.
For dessert, Wayne had coconut pie, melon custard and three pieces of cheesecake.
Wayne isn't uptight about his food choices. When pointed out that he had five desserts, he says, "Why deprive myself of what I enjoy?"
OK, that's a philosophy, but guess what? It makes you fatter.
John weighed in at 159 pounds, while Wayne weighed 205 pounds.
The California study found that height and cholesterol levels correlated almost exactly among identical twins, but the twins' body mass index, based on their weights, were very different.
Eating More and Moving Less
It shouldn't have surprised us that genes turn out not to be the main reason so many people are overweight. After all, 40 years ago, only 13 percent of Americans were obese. Now it's more than 30 percent. Our genes didn't change. What has changed is that we eat more, and move less.