Oxford University’s genetics team has confirmed the existence of genetic variants, which specifically affect weight and fat mass.


This rogue DNA is apparently carried by more than a third of the population and can seriously increase a person’s chances of being overweight, obese or finding weight-loss and dieting difficult.

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It was revealed that the presence of FTO, a gene discovered last year to affect obesity, worsened the effect of the newly discovered strand of DNA, leaving those with both at a far higher risk of morbid obesity.