Adult obesity depends on genes and environment

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.52/a (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:52
  1. Eric Brunner (e.brunner@ucl.ac.uk), senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health,
  2. Noel McCarthy, senior research fellow
  1. International Centre for Health and Society, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT

    EDITOR—The editorial by Sørensen and Echwald recognises the substantial effect of environmental factors on obesity but, surprisingly, gives the impression that childhood environment is not important.1 It cites twin and adoption studies that confirmed the absence of effects of the environment in which they were raised. 2 3

    The studies cited, although showing minor effects, did not claim to be able to rule out the influence of childhood environment. …

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