Editor’s ChoiceAcademic JournalMain Category: Nutrition / DietAlso Included In: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness; GeneticsArticle Date: 22 Sep 2012 – 13:00 PDT
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People who regularly consume sugary drinks are genetically more susceptible to becoming obese or overweight, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), September 21, 2012 issue.
The authors wrote that their study provides further evidence proving that genetic and environmental factors act together in driving up the risk of obesity.
Senior author, Lu Qi, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, said:
Lu Qi and team gathered and studied data on 198,229 people – 121,700 adults females in the BWH-based Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), 25,000 in the Women’s Genome Health Study (WGHS), and 51,529 in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). They had all been given and had finished various questionnaires which asked them about their consumption of food and drink over time.
They examined in more detail data from 6,934 adult females from NHS, 4,423 adult males from HPFS and 21,740 women from WGHS. They were all Caucasian, and “for whom genotype data based on genome-wide association studies were available”.
The researchers divided the participants into four groups, depending on sugary drink consumption:
The authors found that the participants in the High Consumption Group had twice the genetic predisposition to high BMIs compared to those in the Very Low Consumption Group.
The researchers explained that the “regular consumption of sugary beverages may amplify the genetic risk of obesity. In addition, individuals with greater genetic predisposition to obesity appear to be more susceptible to harmful effects of SSBs on BMI.”
Co-author, Frank Hu, professor of nutrition, wrote:
“SSBs are one of the driving forces behind the obesity epidemic,” states Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and a co-author of this study. “The implication of our study is that the genetic effects of obesity can be offset by healthier food and beverage choices.”
Regular consumption of sugary drinks and food may also slow down the brain and memory functions, researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA reported in May 2012.
In December 2011, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported that kids and adolescents drank fewer sugary drinks if calorie information was printed on the labels.
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Visit our nutrition / diet section for the latest news on this subject. “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Genetic Risk of Obesity”Qibin Qi, Audrey Y. Chu, Jae H. Kang, Majken K. Jensen, Gary C. Curhan, Louis R. Pasquale, Paul M. Ridker, David J. Hunter, Walter C. Willett, Eric B. Rimm, Daniel I. Chasman, Frank B. Hu, Lu QiNew England Journal of Medicine, on-line Sept. 21, 2012 Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
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