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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Genetic Link to being Overweight

American and German scientists have found that certain genes may actually cause you to be more fidgety, and less likely to be overweight. It does sound strange, but one researcher stated that individuals who fidget are using up calories and expending energy--leading to weight loss--without even realizing it.

Of course, this is reminiscent of body-type categories. Those categories are ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph.

Mesomorphs tend to be muscular, endomorphs tend to lean (no pun intended) toward being chubbier, and ectomorophs tend to be simply "lean". Ecotmorophs have also been described as being individuals with faster metabolisms and more heightened levels of ongoing activity. In other words, more fidgety.

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