Detect genes related to childhood obesity

Children from the United States and the United Kingdom play parachute games at the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom's residence during a fitness-themed event July 27, 2012. The festivities were part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity. The first lady and several star athletes joined in the games.

For the first time, a group of researchers in Philadelphia has detected two genes that could be related to childhood obesity. And although the recommendation continues to be to encourage children to exercise and eat a healthy diet, these findings open new ways to try to combat this problem.

Childhood obesity has become a public health concern in many countries. It is estimated that during the last decades and only in the United States, the number of overweight children has tripled. And that’s not all: more and more children begin to present problems associated with obesity health, which were before predominance of adults, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or diabetes type 2.

Although the advance of childhood obesity has been associated with the current sedentary lifestyle, in which children spend too many hours watching television or sitting in front of a screen , a group of researchers from the Center for Applied Genomics of the Hospital Research Institute Pediatric of Philadelphia, in the United States, has identified two related genes also related to it.

It is the first such discovery – and it has been published in the online edition of the journal Nature Genetics on April 8, where it is detailed that the researchers detected mutations in two genetic locations that seem to predispose children to become obese

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