Uncovering the genetic basis of obesity hints at new ways to define it

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Obesity is determined by both by a person’s environment and their genetics. But until recently, researchers didn’t know exactly what role various regions of our DNA played in determining how human bodies look. Now, researchers have linked multiple new regions of the human genome to body mass index (BMI) and fat distribution, according to two new studies published in Nature today. And the findings could have a large impact on how we understand obesity — as well as how we define it.

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