Economic conditions may trump genetics when battling obesity

Oct. 23, 2012, MedicalXpress

In a first-of-its-kind study that shows environmental conditions can be more influential than genetics, Virginia Tech researchers have found that the cost of food  — not someone’s genetic makeup — is a major factor in eating fattening food.

The study, which was recently published in the Open Neuroendocrinology Journal, suggests that economic environments could be altered to help counteract the obesity epidemic plaguing more than one-third of Americans. Continue reading