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Acomplia (Rimonabant)

Other names: Zimulti
Is Obesity Inherited?
Obesity certainly tends to run in families. The issue is whether this is due to inheritance or simply to food habits learned in childhood, or to the psychological make-up of the family. There is evidence that genes do play a part. Pairs of twins growing up together share the same environment; yet identical twins are more similar in weight than fraternal (non-identical) twins. Identical twins have identical genes, while fraternal twins’ genes are less similar. Hence genes must influence body weight. This is not necessarily bad news: there is no reason to think that an inherited tendency will lead to obesity in a person who eats prudently and takes adequate exercise.
What Do I Do About It?
Obesity is easier to avoid than to treat. Avoiding it means knowing your optimal weight and finding a way of life that maintains it.
Your appearance is an important clue. Even more reliable than your weight is the thickness of fat under your skin. Your doctor can measure this in various ways. You can get a good idea of whether you have too much fat by leaning forward slightly and gently pinching up a fold of skin over your upper abdomen, just below your rib case. If this is f inch thick (2 cm) or more, you can be reasonably sure you need to lose weight.
If we were all physically active, and if our reason for eating was limited to satisfying hunger, obesity would be rare. The nearer we can get to these ideals the better. But, as we have seen, sophisticated people eat for social and other reasons too. This is least likely to cause obesity if we take physical exercise every day and if we include in our diet plenty of foods with limited energy content (such as lean meat and fish and green vegetables).
We can acquire these habits at any age but the ideal time is early childhood. Parents have a great responsibility in this regard. Overeating can be taught, merely by example, and infantile obesity is now amazingly common. Professor Anderson recently studied one-year-old babies in Worcestershire: one in six was obese and a quarter more were somewhat overweight. The indulgent parent whose child travels to school by car, door to door, is laying the seeds of later obesity and all of its complications.
Spending energy is not difficult. Active sport is one possibility, perhaps the most enjoyable. To get rid of surplus food energy it is necessary to take some exercise daily, or at least several times a week.

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