Health risks are widely accepted as being influenced by two main factors: genes and lifestyle. Many believe that there’s nothing that can be done about genes, and it’s true to some extent. But it’s not the whole story.
Family history and disposition to particular health problems might be the result of genetics, but the genes usually sit there waiting for a trigger to set them into action. This is where lifestyle matters.
You may be genetically disposed to easy weight gain, for example, but you’ll definitely have more of a problem if you throw your hands in the air saying “I’m going to get bigger anyway, so I may as well enjoy cake for breakfast.”
Instead, what would happen to your weight if you exercised a positive attitude and said “You know what, weight gain is so easy for me that I’m going to minimise it by only eating fresh unprocessed foods. I won’t gain weight and my health will be better.”
There are many factors that contribute to an individual becoming overweight. Any one of these alone is extremely unlikely to be to blame; it’s almost always a combination.
Looking at this list, which factors are genetic and which are lifestyle?
Lifestyle and environmental factors can trigger your genes into expressing themselves in a particular way, but it’s clear that genes play only a small role in whether you gain weight.
Some people use their genes as an excuse for not losing weight. Often the reality is that if they control their lifestyle they’ll control their genes expression.
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