No doubt those who claim obesity is a genetic fault rather than a compulsive eating disorder (see comments to this earlier post about the 900 lb man who had to be cut out of his chair) will jump on this story, as told in the Telegraph:
Childhood obesity could be caused by a genetic mutation, scientists at Cambridge University believe. Findings show for the first time that the condition can be a genetic one, rather than the result of over feeding.
The study could have a major impact on the decision of social services to take obese children into care where they believe they are being abused. Some of the children in the study had been on the at risk register because of fears they were being overfed. They have now been removed from the list.
Scientists at Cambridge University found that certain types of genetic mutation were present in those suffering from severe obesity.
“This is the first evidence that copy number variants have been linked to a metabolic condition such as obesity,” said Dr Matt Hurles from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, one of the leaders of the study. Dr Sadaf Farooqi from Cambridge University added: “This study shows that severe obesity is a serious medical issue that deserves scientific investigation. It adds to the growing weight of evidence that a wide range of genetic variants can produce a strong drive to eat.” …