If you worry that you have passed on your tendency to be obese on to your children, then this may offer hope:
Though genetics do in fact impact the risk of obesity, by exercising you can overcome this genetic predisposition. So a parent can do a lot to make sure that their teen exercises and is able to beat the obesity gene.
The Health Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence Cross-Sectional Study examined 752 teens who had either one or two copies of a gene mutation seen to be connected to obesity. Those that have the gene mutation have a higher BMI, and body fat as well as a bigger waist.
Physical activity however was seen to negate this impact of the mutated gene.
So the lesson for parents here is that even if you think that your teen has a genetic reason for their obesity, there are ways to circumvent his seeming stumbling block and overcome it.
The moderate to vigorous activity for at least one hour daily, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends, can help to beat the gene.
So make sure that the entire family engages in the kind of physical activity that is beneficial to all and which your child can form a habit of.
Source: LA Times Blogs