Are you an overweight adult? Have you been fighting most of your life to shed pounds? You may be tempted to throw your hands in the air and blame genetics or habits you developed in childhood but might there be something else contributing to your struggles?
New research from the University of Edinburgh suggests that by the time you are middle aged, your choice of partner may be having a bigger impact on your waistline than your upbringing. These results suggest that people who come from a family with a history of obesity, can learn to change their habits.
The researchers who conducted the study believe that their findings can better help scientists understand the links between obesity, genetics, and lifestyle.
"Although genetics accounts for a significant proportion of the variation between people, our study has shown the the environment you share with your partner in adulthood also influences whether you become obese and this is more important than your upbringing," said lead researcher, Professor Chris Haley of the Medical Research Council's Human Genetics Unit. "The findings also show that even people who come from families with a history of obesity can reduce their risk by changing their lifestyle habits."
The research team analysed data provided by 20,000 people from Scottish families. The information was originally provided as part of the Generation Scotland project, a national health resource that helps researchers examine potential genetic links to certain health conditions.
In this instance, the researchers looked at family genetics, home environments in childhood, and home environments in adulthood and they discovered the good news that it IS possible to change your habits.
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These findings don't mean that your partner is the reason you are overweight but it does suggest that the lifestyle you share may be a contributing factor. Think about it: if one of you prefers to eat a diet of processed foods, it is more likely that you will both eat a diet of processed foods. If one of you lives a sedentary lifestyle, it is more likely that you will both live a sedentary lifestyle. The truly positive news here is that it doesn't have to be that way. You can motivate each other toward healthy change the same way you've been demotivating one another.
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What do you think of these findings? Do you find that your lifestyle is influenced by your partner's, for better or for worse?
Source: Daily Mail