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Research has shown that often normal-weight children of obese parents have a lower metabolic rate (they tend to burn more calories than average even when they're asleep, or else they burn fewer calories for the same physical activity) than normal-weight children of non-obese parents. This suggests that the susceptibility to obesity can also be inherited. But the fact that obesity has increased so much in the last few decades appears to discount genetics as the main cause.

To put it another way, although it is clear that genes and weight (and thus obesity) are inextricably linked, the big question is, to what extent can the explosion of overweight and the modern levels of obesity be attributed to genes?

According to Stephen O'Rahilly, professor of clinical biochemistry and medicine at Cambridge University, the influence of genetics on modern levels of obesity is insignificant:

"Nothing genetic explains the rise in obesity.
We can't change our genes over 30 years."

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