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DNA strands magnifiedSome people are more at risk of becoming overweight than others, and genetics plays a part.

Children born to parents who are overweight are more likely to be overweight than children born to parents of a healthy weight. This can be due to the environment we grow up in – the food choices made and the amount of physical activity undertaken by the family – and also genetics. For some people, their genes make it more difficult to maintain energy balance.

There is another concept called epigenetics, which is the study of how the genes we already have can undergo small changes in response to the environment we live in. For example, very poor nutrition can influence the way your body tries to maintain energy balance, making you more likely to put on weight.

This doesn’t mean achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is impossible. The information in this Healthy Weight Guide will help you set realistic goals and assist you on your journey to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.  And remember, if you are overweight or obese, even small amounts of weight loss can deliver major health benefits.



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