These are the most effective exercises to combat the genetic effects that contribute to obesity

Obesity is a difficult condition to control because it results from interactions between genetics and a person's lifestyle.

Now, a study conducted by Wan-Yu Lin and his colleagues at the National Taiwan University, published in PLOS Genetics, have identified the types of exercise that are especially effective in combating the genetic effects that contribute to obesity.


Doctors often recommend exercising, but it is not clear which types are better for curbing weight gain in individuals whose genetics make them more likely to become obese.

A new study of 18,424 Chinese adults aged 30 to 70 examined the interactions between individuals' genetics and their self-reported exercise routines. The researchers specifically looked at five measures of obesity, such as body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and waist-to-hip ratio. They discovered that running regularly was the best type of exercise to control obesity, according to the five measures.

In addition, climbing mountains, walking, walking briskly, certain types of dancing and long yoga practices they also reduce BMI in people predisposed to obesity.

Surprisingly, cycling, stretching exercises or swimming and did not counteract the genetic effects on obesity. Previous research has shown that frequent physical activity mitigates genetic effects on obesity, but these studies focused only on BMI.
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