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LONDON (Reuters) - People with extra copies of certain genes are much more likely to be very skinny, scientists said Wednesday in the first finding of a genetic cause for extreme thinness.
In a study in the journal Nature, researchers from Britain's Imperial College London and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found that a duplication of a part of chromosome 16 is associated with being underweight.
Previous research has found that people with a missing copy of these genes are 43 times more likely to be morbidly obese.
Froguel's team examined the DNA of more than 95,000 people for their study. They found that half of all children with the duplication in the study had previously been diagnosed with a "failure to thrive" -- meaning that their rate of weight gain is significantly lower than normal.
Froguel said scientists still have much work to do to find out more about the genes in this region, but their discovery could eventually lead to new potential treatments for obesity and appetite disorders.
"We now plan to sequence these genes and find out what they do, so we can get an idea of which ones are involved in regulating appetite," he said.
Originally posted by buni11687
reply to post by Somehumanbeing
Today - 3 pancakes for breakfast (always the same for breakfast for the past 5 years) and 2 glasses of milk. a pepperoni pizza (digorno) for lunch, then 3 double cheeseburgers and fries from burger king for dinner. Im problably going to have a little snack before I go to sleep tonight, but not sure exactly what yet. This is pretty much what my diet has been for the past couple years, just with different stuff for lunch and dinner.
Also, im 23 and 5'11
ETA - The pancakes are the "Der Wafflebaker" brand. The ones I eat come in packages of 3 pancakes.