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Does Obesity Run in Families
Does Obesity Run in Families

Does Obesity Run in Families. Research reveals that children of overweight parents have an 80 percent chance of also becoming overweight. If you Google the subject of Genetics and Obesity, you will find countless scientific articles relating to genetic twins. Some of the research with twins looks at a comparison of twins who were separated at a young age. You can also read about the possible differences even between identical twins. But you can overcome the ‘Pull’ of your genetics. Read below to see how you can reverse this trend.

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Can Obesity Run in Families

On this page we are going to try and explain the link between your family being overweight and the chances of you becoming obese. Have you ever wondered if obesity, or you just being overweight runs in your family? Did you consider that maybe you being overweight is actually out of your control, and is, in fact, something you have inherited? If there is a history of obesity in your close family, then the answer, of course, is yes, obesity does run in families. In fact there are two distinct links between you and the rest of your family that will have a strong influence on the chances of you becoming overweight. The first one is down to genetics.

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Can Obesity Run in Families

What do genetics have to do with obesity? So firstly, how do the medical text books describe obesity? They say that obesity is the result of a chronic energy imbalance. It is the result of a person who consistently takes in more calories from food and drink than are needed, to power their body’s physical functions. In layman’s terms, they are saying what we all knew, ‘being overweight is caused by consuming more energy than our body is burning’. As a result, we store that excess energy and become overweight.

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We Live in an Obesogenic Environment

So why is the problem getting worse? The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), states that the almost non-stop global increase in obesity over recent decades is at least partly due to “obesogenic environments”. What does that mean exactly? Well, an ‘obesogenic’ environment is basically one where there is an unlimited supply of high-calorie, energy-dense foods, whilst at the same time providing limited opportunities for physical activity. It’s the exact opposite environment to what our hunter gatherer ancestors experienced.

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Does Obesity Run in Families and Obesogenic Environments

Research shows that the number of takeaways in a particular area has a direct impact on the level of obesity of the population. A Cambridge study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that those who live, or work, near “clusters” of takeaway outlets, are twice as likely to be obese, compared to those who are not as exposed to such temptations.

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As TV Screens Get Bigger, So Do Our Backsides!

Is it just coincidence that as our widescreen TVs increase in size we are also becoming ‘broader in the beam’? Generally, as a species we spend less and less time moving around, and we are expending very little energy. So, nowadays, instead of doing any physical activity, having a night in on the sofa and binge-watching our way through a whole series, is a very regular weekend “activity”. Most modern gadgets, such as remote controls, voice activated devices, power steering in cars, suitcases on wheels, and travelators in airports are all specifically designed to save us work. Our hunter gatherer ancestors would be horrified!


Consequently, the obesity epidemic can be considered a collective, a combined response to this ever-worsening environment. Also, as we know, obesity is an ever-growing public health problem. It has resulted in the increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Further information from Centre For Disease Control.

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How your genetics control energy balance

The brain, not your stomach, regulates food intake, by responding to incoming signals. These signals are transmitted by hormones—such as leptin, insulin, and ghrelin—and other small molecules. Using the signals from the hormones, the brain responds with instructions to the body. This can be either to eat more, move less, or eat less and move more. Genes you were born with are the basis for the signals and responses that guide food intake, and very small changes in these genes can affect their levels of activity. We also have a post: “Do I Have to be Overweight?”

Does Obesity Run in Families

Can Obesity Run in Families

Food, as in energy, is of course crucial to survival. One of the reasons that losing weight is such hard work, is that your body is working very hard to produce the opposite outcome. That’s because the human body’s survival mechanism is designed to protect us at all levels against weight loss, rather than to control weight gain. Research suggests that the same genes, which helped our ancestors survive occasional famines, are now working against us, and being challenged by our “obesogenic” environment. Because unfortunately, it means that our food is plentiful and available 24/7 all year round.

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Reversing the Genetics

So, your parents are overweight. Does that mean being overweight is simply ‘in your genes’, and therefore your weight-loss efforts are doomed to fail? The simple answer is no, you can still lose weight successfully. Going forward, there are many things you can do to re-balance things in your favour and overcome the genetic issues. If you are part of a family that is genetically predisposed to gaining weight, you will need to make a bit more effort than maybe some of your friends have to. Being more physically active will be important, along with following a low carbohydrate diet. After all, there is no reason why you can’t achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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Not Just Genetics

There’s some good news for those who want to lose, or maintain their weight. Research indicates ‘Genetic Influence’, the part that’s out of our control, is relativity small. Fortunately it can be as little as just 20% of the problem. Because it seems that the main factors contributing to family-linked obesity are believed to be Family Dynamics and Home Environment, rather than simple genetics. An additional factor to consider is that of food addiction. With this in mind, we have a dedicated page explaining the issues here.

Does Obesity Run in Families

Does Obesity Run in Families

So, if you’ve inherited genes that put you at an elevated risk for obesity, apparently creating a home environment that models good nutrition and fitness activities can go a long way to overcome the genetic predisposition for obesity. The family environment includes behaviours and habits followed by the family. For weight management, it’s important to focus on your family’s food and eating practices, as well as general activity levels and sedentary habits. Take a look at Diet By Numbers.

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Takeaways and Junk Food

Naturally, taking control and reversing the environmental issues affecting weight gain in your home does require a little effort, but the results will have lifelong benefits for the entire family. Family dynamics and your home environment are now known to be major factors in the battle with obesity. So, if you are one of the unlucky people who has inherited a family trait of obesity, then it’s vital to take control of your family dynamics and environment. Some of our information has come from website.

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There are so many small changes you can introduce into the dynamics of the family and home. Each of these will help to reduce your likelihood of becoming overweight, and at the same time improve everyone’s general health. On this site we have many pages dedicated to a selection of proven interventions. Sleep, as an example, has been scientifically proven to aid weight loss. We provide detailed information and tips around ‘Sleep Hygiene’ and how you can improve not only the quality of your sleep, but also the quantity. Take a look at our Start Losing Weight Today Page

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Our Top Weight Loss Tips

Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!

This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…

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Tip No. 2 – Use a Smaller Plate!

You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. Remember the famous Delboeuf optical illusion, because a small portion of food looks more generous when served on a smaller size plate. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily. We have an interesting new page, Do you Want or Need to Eat Bread, take a look.

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Tip No. 3 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!

Reduce Your Calorie Intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, consumed, on average, around 20% less food than previously. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.

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Tip No. 4 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!

A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!

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Tip No. 5 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!

It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.

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Tip No. 6 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!

You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!

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However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.

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So, go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream about what it would be like to be slim and healthy… being at your target weight? Moreover, imagine if you never had to go on a diet again, or be afraid of food? And also, what if you were able to enjoy every social event? And, on top of that, you had an abundance of extra energy, and improved self-esteem? Welcome to the evidence-based My Weigh Less Master Class! A proven, psychology-focused, downloadable weight loss treatment, that delivers permanent results. And it’s based around over 15,000 clinical 1:1 hours treating overweight clients.

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My Weigh Less, a weight loss treatment that is fully downloadable, built around a version of Martin and Marion Shirran’s globally acclaimed Gastric Mind Band Permanent Weight Loss Treatment. And now the unique, phenomenally successful approach to weight loss, is instantly available to download to your phone, tablet, or computer. As a result, you can complete the entire course in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The approach concentrates on what is agreed to be the epicentre around the issues and problems of excess weight. We’re talking about Psychology, of course!

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Over a thousand people, including Medical Professionals, celebrities, and members of the public, have travelled from around the world, to visit the Elite Clinic in Spain. They also invested thousands of pounds to spend four days with the Shirrans, who are regarded as experts in the weight loss field. They all shared a common desire; to lose weight. If you are wondering just why they came and valued the treatment so highly, then please take a look at the page on the site that explains exactly how and why the treatment works.

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Some clients simply want to shed their excess weight to look better, however others tell us that health is the main reason. Does obesity run in families? Many of our past clients have successfully reversed medical conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease, whereas others have managed to avoid having knee, or hip replacement surgery. You can read a Blog post on Treating Diabetes. Vogue Magazine also featured Martin and Marion’s work.

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The Shirrans’ weight loss approach has been the subject of continued research and development over the last fifteen years. Their youngest client was just fourteen, and the oldest, eighty-six. Some clients wished to lose just a few pounds to fit into their wedding dress. But others, like Sharon, pictured below, went on to lose over 75 pounds. You can read her full story on the Success Stories Pages. The My Weigh Less Treatment has been designed to help men just as much as women, and you can read a dedicated page about Weight Loss For Men Here.

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The psychological approach incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). It also includes the Shirrans’ own Life Architecture Therapy, along with TCBT, their own upgraded version of CBT, which is the subject of their bestselling book, published globally by Hay House. Professor Windy Dryden, of Goldsmiths University in London, endorsed their book and Professor Philip Zimbardo, of Stanford University in the USA, wrote the foreword. Marie Claire have also featured Martin and Marion’s work.

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Overweight People are not Lazy

Being overweight, having an unhealthy relationship with food, is predominantly a psychological issue. So, it’s a learned behaviour, because people are not born obese. But people are rarely overweight because they are lazy, or lacking in willpower; the issue goes much deeper. As a result, they simply need a ‘Psychological Reset.’ Is obesity hereditary? Alison, photo below, lost 70 pounds with Martin and Marion’s treatment. Read our dedicated Blog Page on Pause Button Therapy Here.

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Many clients tell us that they can’t remember the last time they ate in response to real, physical hunger. And so, we will ask you: “Do you eat when you are bored, stressed, tired, lonely, depressed, sad, to reward yourself, or maybe just to please someone else?” Then we will help you to change your mindset around food. Does obesity run in families? To experience the fully downloadable, weight-loss treatment for yourself, follow this link now. Hello Magazine featured Martin and Marion’s work.

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Is Obesity Hereditary?

We will also help you to make simple changes in your other thought processes… How much better could your relationship with food be, if we taught your subconscious mind how to effortlessly replace the word “want” with the word “need”? For example, instead of hearing the waiter asking: “Do you want fries with that?” without thinking you process the question as: “Do you need fries with that?” You can watch a short animated video explaining Want and Need at the bottom of this page.

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So, how would you feel, if you had the opportunity today, to sit down alone with Martin and Marion, with an everflowing cup of coffee? And, what if, over the course of 12 hours, they then told you everything they know about permanent weight loss? And they also shared with you all the tips, techniques and secrets they normally reserve exclusively for their visiting international clients? Welcome to the ‘My Weigh Less Master Class.’ Ruby, photo above, has lost 50 pounds so far, following her treatment with Martin and Marion.

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Allow us to inspire and guide you, so your dreams can become reality. You can also read more details about what the My Weigh Less course includes on this site. And there is no reason why you can’t start your weight loss journey today! Below, Martin and Marion appearing on the This Morning TV show with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Your desire to be slim and healthy may shift from a dream to reality… sooner than you think. Does obesity run in families?

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You can read a full breakdown of all the components included in the treatment package on the Course Details page. There is also an explanation of the treatment on the Does This Work Page. We look forward to working with you. Additionally, you can read reviews from medical and other professionals on the Medical Endorsement page

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Marion Shirran, as a director of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Additionally, Marion is pleased to be involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.

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