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Wives Tales that are the Real Deal #24: Fat People and Happiness

September 15, 2014 1 min read

What do Santa, John Candy, and Oliver Hardy all have in common? Not only are they all heavyset, but they're all jolly--leading us to today's wives' tale: Fat people are by nature jollier. This is a fairly odd wives' tale, as science has proven that there is actually a correlation between depression and obesity. However, studies have discovered that there may actually be a gene in the human body that contributes to both happiness and the tendency to be overweight. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="504"] johnkstuff.blogspot.com[/caption] Published in 2012, a study explained that there is a gene--called FTO--which plays a central role in obesity. People with this FTO gene are more likely to be obese, but they also have an 8% less chance of suffering from depression and other emotional disorders. The 8% difference may be modest, but it could be an indication as to why so many of our famous comedians tend to be overweight. Either way, now you know why people say "Fat people are happier"!  
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Resources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9690722/Obesity-gene-linked-to-happiness.html, http://listverse.com/2013/03/04/10-old-wives-tales-that-are-true/

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