According to a preliminary study from the researchers from the National Institutes of Health…
“A gene mutation found in some children may significantly influence how
much they eat, according to a study presented Sunday at an annual
meeting of the Obesity Society.”
But that’s not all... “Researchers found that 10 children who had mutations in a gene called the melanocortin 3 receptor consumed about 400 more calories than those
with normal MC3R genes.”
Fewer than 5% of adults and children have this gene mutation. And while this doesn’t seem all that interesting, what caught my eye was the sidebar in regards to childhood obesity.
Calories: Children get about one-third of their calories from pizza, snacks and desserts, one study reports.
Now that was disturbing!
Gene mutation could shape children’s eating