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  2. Dec 8, 2023

Meat and Whole Grains Affect the Genetic Risk for Obesity

Several genes have been linked to an increased risk of obesity. A new Canadian study involving over 7,000 adults found a higher intake of meat and a lower intake of whole grains increased the risk of obesity in individuals with a genetic predisposition, in part by affecting these genes.1 This supports research published earlier in 2023 which found that plant-based diets reduce the risk of obesity among adults who are genetically predisposed to the disease.2


  1. Masip G, Attar A, Nielsen DE. Plant-based dietary patterns and genetic susceptibility to obesity in the CARTaGENE cohort. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2023. doi:10.1002/oby.23944
  2. Daily JW, Park S. Association of plant-based and high-protein diets with a lower obesity risk defined by fat mass in middle-aged and elderly persons with a high genetic risk of obesity. Nutrients. 2023;15(4):1063-1082. doi:10.3390/nu15041063

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