Inheritance and Genetics of Overweight
Racial Patterns for Overweight:
Racial Information for Overweight: African American women between the ages of 25 and 74 are more
overweight compared to white women of the same age group. Obesity and
diabetes are highly correlated especially among women. This correlation
has been reported by many researchers. (Source: excerpt from DIABETES AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: NWHIC)
Overweight: Genetics Information
Genetics of Overweight:
Children whose parents or brothers or sisters are overweight may be at
an increased risk of becoming overweight themselves. Although weight
problems run in families, not all children with a family history of
obesity will be overweight. Genetic factors play a role in increasing (Source: excerpt from Helping Your Overweight Child: NIDDK)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Overweight refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.
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