Health & FitnessRegular jogging is the best form of exercise for people with 'obese genes' who struggle to lose weight
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Fitness fanatics who have spent years in spin classes only to be left scratching their heads at the, new research suggests.
However, for people who inherited genes that increase their chance of becoming obese, there is hope for keeping the weight off.
A new study of 18,424 Han Chinese adults, aged between 30 and 70, analysed the interactions between the individuals’ genetics and their self-reported exercise routines. Their data was taken from the Taiwan Biobank so their genes had already been analysed.
Does it matter when you exercise if you want to keep weight off?
Researchers tapped into the habits of those who maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds to find out.
The researchers found that regular jogging was the best type of exercise for managing obesity, according to the five measures of obesity, such as BMI [body mass index] and body fat percentage. Moreover, mountain climbing, walking, power walking, certain types of dancing, and long yoga practices also reduce BMI in people predisposed to obesity. Surprisingly, cycling, stretching exercises and swimming did not counteract the genetic effects on obesity.
The latest NHS figures show that 26 per cent of 2 to 15-year-olds in Scotland are at risk of being overweight (Photo: PA)
Overall, the study suggests that when it comes to obesity, genetics are not destiny, and the effects can be lessened by several kinds of regular exercise. The problem is that while doctors often recommend exercise, it is not clear which kinds are best for curbing weight gain in individuals whose genetics make them more likely to become obese.
Going for a run is enough to undo 'fat DNA', study finds
Scientists at the Taiwan National University studied adults between the ages of 30 and 70 in China and found jogging and competitive dancing were the best ways for people to cut their BMI or body fat.
Previous research has shown that frequent physical activity blunts the genetic effects on obesity, but these studies focused only on BMI. The new study also considers four other measures of obesity that are more closely linked to metabolic problems.
More than 1 in 4 UK adults are now obese, defined as a BMI of at least 30.for 150 to 300 minutes a week for people wanting to lose weight.
Lead author Wan-Yu Lin, of National Taiwan University, said: "Regular jogging and performing yoga were not only associated with a decrease in obesity measures, but they also attenuated the genetic predisposition to obesity measures.
"Exercises such as walking, exercise walking, mountain climbing, and international standard dancing, were not significantly associated with a change in obesity measures, but these four kinds of exercise could blunt the genetic effects on BMI. As obesity continues to be a serious public health challenge, the benefits of exercise cannot be overstated."
The study is published in.
Obesity isn't a choice – nor is it 'down to a lack of willpower' .
Individuals are not to blame for being obese, according to a new report. Obesity is a term to describe being very overweight, with a lot of body fat. Being obese carries a serious health risk, with the condition overtaking smoking as a risk factor for the four most common types of cancer earlier this year. Given some 27.8% of adults in the UK are now said to be obese – making us Europe’s third fattest nation, according to the World Health Organisation – the issue of how to tackle the national health crisis has become ever more pressing.But the latest findings suggest we first need to stop regarding obesity as an individual’s “choice”.
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