Researchers Discover Genes Responsible For Obesity

 New Delhi, 18-Dec-2015 18:56:26 IST

According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), obesity-fighting pill comes closer to reality as the researchers have identified genes that are responsible for making people obese.

Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health. If a person's bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight.

The subjects for the study were mice. While conducting the study, the researchers found the mechanism that is involved in storing and burning fat.

The study findings revealed that mice that ate high-fat diet remain lean. These mice lacked 2 genes, Cnot7 and Tob. Experts found gene called Ucp1 helps to decrease fat deposits by converting fat stored in fat cells into heat.

The study is published in Cell Reports.