Tackling obesity on a genetic level could be key to reducing weight

In a controversially titled session, ‘If you’re fat it’s not your fault’, leading obesity clinician and researcher, Professor Joe Proietto, argued genes are a more important determinant of obesity than environment.

However, chronic stress, associated with low social status and high levels of social inequality, has a profound impact on metabolic functions.

“There is evidence to show that the stress hormone cortisol, which has been reported to be highest in people in low socioeconomic areas, inhibits the action of leptin, a

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