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Genetics is not a deciding factor on whether you’ll be thin or overweight.

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Anita Marlay, R.D., L.D.

What you eat is more important than what you weigh.

You probably know someone who seems to be able to eat anything they want, never exercises and yet maintains a trim figure. Meanwhile, it seems you must pay attention to every bite to keep from gaining weight. It may appear they can maintain their weight without effort, but if you truly scrutinize their lifestyle, you may find good reasons why they can control their weight.

Genetics. Thin parents tend to have thin kids, just as overweight parents tend to have overweight kids. This is part genetic but also part lifestyle. Genetics does play a role in how and where your body stores fat. It also can influence your metabolic rate, which is how many calories you burn, and your hormone sensitivity. However, genetics is not a deciding factor on whether you’ll be thin or overweight.

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