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"Obesity Sleuths" Find Chronic Diseases Linked To Behavior Contrary Our DNA

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July 16, 2002
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American Physiological Society
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The need for physical activity is hotwired into the body’s expectations - when that activity does not occur, nutritional “thrifty genes” react, causing a steep rise in common chronic conditions.

BETHESDA, MD – (July 10, 2002) – The results of the most extensive research investigation into the relationship between chronic health conditions and physical inactivity have been released by a team of "obesity sleuths." They conclude that today's skyrocketing levels of chronic diseases are due to the collision between the body's total gene complement of a set of chromosomes -- programmed 10,000 years ago to anticipate physical exertion, and the inactivity endemic to 21st century sedentary societies. Nutritional "thrifty genes" may further exacerbate the deterioration of the human body, which takes the form of common, chronic disorders, once thought to be rare.


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