Study: Genetic Test Predicts Middle-Aged Obesity Risk

Analysis showed the genetic propensity to obesity began having an effect on weight around age 3.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate. The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person’s genetic code, seeking variants that individually nudge a person’s obesity risk up by a tiny amount. The researchers drew on previously published data about those…

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