Gene Variant Tied To Time Sitting, Body Mass Index

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A common genetic variant may increase the risk of a high body mass index by increasing the amount of time a person spends sitting, according to a new study. "This is an exciting time in science especially with respect to understanding the genetic basis of disease. There has been an explosion in our knowledge of the genes involved in susceptibility to obesity," said UA researcher and lead author Dr. Yann Klimentidis.