While we may owe much of our physical makeup to genetics, giving your lineage too much credit could backfire—especially when it comes to weight. A new study suggests those who attribute their weight issues to a family history of obesity are more likely to ‘give up’ on healthy eating habits.

Men and women in the study who believed their weight was genetically determined out of there hands were also less likely to exercise. While researchers don’t deny that DNA can predispose us to weight gain and other health issues, they emphasize that one’s choices can have just as much of an impact.

If you have a family history of obesity, try using it as a motivator to defy the odds and alter your hereditary health. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, resist buying ready-to-eat meals that are high in sodium and saturated fat and find an ‘exercise buddy’ to help you stick to a regular workout plan. What are some ways you take charge of your health regardless of genetics?



Health Day: Think Genes Drive Obesity? You May Eat Less Healthy