Mind over matter

SCIENTISTS HAVE discovered seven new gene variants that suggest that obesity is largely a mind problem.

Two international studies published in Nature Genetics showed that the brain plays the dominant role in controlling appetite and that obesity cannot easily be blamed on metabolic flaws.

According to Professor Peter Weissberg from the British Heart Foundation, this cannot be the explanation for the current epidemic of obesity because these genes have been present for centuries and the obesity epidemic is a relatively new phenomenon.

He added that the brain’s impact on appetite may be more important than any genetic variation.