New genetic ‘risk score’ could predict obesity odds

"Another surprising result is how early in life the impact of these scores becomes evident, says Nilanjan Chatterjee, a geneticist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. High- and low-risk individuals start to show significant differences in body weight at about 3 years of age; by the time kids turned 18, those with the highest risk weighed on average 12 kilograms more than those with the lowest—a gap similar to that seen among middle-aged people."


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