Yep, they finally proved the skinny gene exists.
Although anyone with an all-you-can-eat-and-never-get-fat friend probably suspected it was a genetic thing anyway.
But proof of the skinny gene’s existence might be good news even for those of you who need to lose weight.
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that a single gene called adipose may control whether the body accumulates or burns fat.
So far, the scientists have only studied fruit flies, worms, and various animals.
With more adipose activity, mice were leaner and had diabetes-resistant fat cells. They were also able to control insulin and blood-sugar metabolism better.
With less adipose activity, mice which ate the same amounts were fatter and had diabetes.
The adipose gene is also “dose-sensitive.”
That means variations in the gene can produce a range of body types from skinny to medium to obese.
Now if you’re thinking you’ve got the wrong dose, this is where the potential good news comes in.
According to the researchers, it’s not just a matter of turning the gene on or off.
The gene can also be turned up or down like a volume control.
Eventually, the researchers may be able to develop drugs to control this gene and help you lose weight.
In the meantime, diet and/or exercise remains the best way to combat the obesity epidemic.