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People who believe body weight is genetic eat less healthily and take less exercise, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4861
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

People who believe that their weight is genetically determined make less healthy food choices, take less exercise, and have poorer self rated health, particularly as they get older, than people who consider that they can influence their weight, concludes a study published in Health Education and Behaviour.1

The study’s lead author, Mike Parent, from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, said, “Although some popular press and non-scholarly sources have claimed that weight is largely unchangeable, the relationship between this belief and objective measures of health remains unclear.”

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