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Parents Pass On Plump Genes

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Aug 16, 2007 • References: livescience and livescience
America's obesity epidemic has swelled the pool of plumpers to the brim and overweight people tend to seek out larger partners. This is no surprise; it is known that people tend to seek out people with similar traits although scientists have not ruled out the increase in their gravitational forces as an explanation for the amplified attraction. But this means when the heavier partners procreate, they will pass on a “fattie effect”, a double dose of the genes that predispose people to be overweight, according to an article in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Another recent study found that doctors are reluctant to label fat kids as obese, even if they technically are, referring to them instead as “at risk for overweight” or “overweight.” The reasons doctor cited are self-esteem concerns, not wanting to hurt their vulnerable feelings, and not wanting to endorse poor body image. This trend could be creating a generation of super-sized youth that will no longer be able to fit though conventional doors or in regular chairs, cars, planes, or elevators.