Scientific research has identified multiple genetic variants that have a significant influence on an individual’s body weight and response to specific diets. This test identifies genetic variants that affect obesity risk and weight loss ability, enabling individuals to follow a diet and exercise plan tailored to their genes.
Obesity is a worldwide problem that affects all ages and ethnicities. According to the World Health Organization, obesity affects 600 million adults (13% of the world’s adult population) and 41 million children under the age of five years. Obese individuals have a higher risk of multiple health problems, particularly cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, cancer, asthma and osteoarthritis. Due to these health complications, obesity is associated with a reduced life expectancy (averaging 6 – 7 years lower than healthy weight individuals).
DNA influences obesity risk
Obesity risk is influenced by poor diet and lifestyle choices (e.g. excess calories and lack of exercise), but it is also strongly influenced by an individual’s genetic makeup. Genetic variation affects food choices and desire, motivation to get out and exercise, digestion, metabolism, hormone pathways, and even the circadian rhythm.