Apparently, researchers have found that a child's weight is 77% due to genes. The researchers found it very surprising, but they must not have had overweight kids.
Of course, the article did have to have a cautionary aspect to it:
So, if we all lived in a food scarce environment, we would all be skinny. Wouldn't food scarcity be an unhealthy condition? And, for the record, skinny does not equal healthy.
Bad Genes Don't Make Obesity Inevitable
The findings do not mean that becoming overweight or obese is inevitable for children who are genetically susceptible, but it does mean that these children may need some extra support, Carnell says.
"It may be that genes influence behavior through appetite or by making it harder for some people to resist food," she says. "So while one child might be perfectly OK living in a home filled with [potato chips] and cakes, another might find it very challenging."
She adds that diet, lifestyle, and other environmental influences play a major role in obesity, especially for genetically predisposed children.
"This type of genetic predisposition could not be expressed if there wasn't so much food around," she says. "We would all be skinny. It is our environment that is allowing our genetic susceptibility to express itself. It would benefit everyone if we did more as a society to encourage activity and healthy eating, but it would be especially beneficial for children who are highly susceptible to their environment." [emphasis added]
I know it may be a novel concept, but why don't we start accepting that people come in all shapes and sizes, and that size does not dictate health or lifestyle?