While there is yet to be a cure-all for obesity, researchers believe that certain bacteria in our stomachs could determine an individual’s obesity risk. As part of a new biochemical “map” that tracks the byproducts of digestion (molecules known as metabolites), researchers found that 'the bugs in our gut, and the way they interact with the food we ingest, play a three to four times more important role in obesity risk than our genetic background.' Researchers acknowledge that the typical causes of obesity (poor diet and lack of exercise) shouldn’t be ignored, but that these findings could help develop future obese prevention treatments. Meanwhile, other nutrition experts argue that despite the new findings, social influence and human behavior are bigger contributors to obesity than identifying high BMI metabolites. Do you think this research could be onto something? Let us know in the comments.
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