FTO and obesity risk

Tuesday, September 03, 2019. Author FitnessGenes

FTO and obesity risk

The FTO (fat-mass and obesity-related) gene is often referred to as the “obesity” or “fat” gene. 

Certain variants of this gene are linked to: 

  • increased appetite
  • greater cravings for high-calorie food 
  • an enhanced risk of overweight, obesity and Type II diabetes. 

The exact role of the FTO gene in the body remains to be elucidated. Some studies show that it plays a role in brain circuits that regulate our appetite, energy balance and intake of food. Indeed, the tissue with the highest FTO expression is the brain. 

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