Genes can push you toward obesity, but there are things you can do to prevent that

Even though researchers have tied certain gene variants to obesity risk, there are steps people can take through diet and exercise to minimize that risk, the Washington Post reports. “I like to say that obesity is 80 percent genetic and 100 percent environmental,” Philip Smith from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases tells the Post. “You won’t become obese unless you overeat.” But, Hu and his colleagues have found that the behavior of people with risk-increasing variants is still important, the Post says. They found that people with genetic predisposition to becoming obese were more likely to gain weight if they ate fried foods frequently, as compare to people with the same genetic predisposition who rarely ate fried foods. “Our findings indicate that genetic risk of obesity can be mitigated by simply changing an eating habit,” he tells the Post.