"Obese But Happy Gene" Challenges the Common Perception of Link Between Depression and Obesity, McMaster University Study

Published: Nov 20, 2012

Researchers at McMaster University have discovered new genetic evidence about why some people are happier than others. McMaster scientists have uncovered evidence that the gene FTO – the major genetic contributor to obesity – is associated with an eight per cent reduction in the risk of depression. In other words, it's not just an obesity gene but a "happy gene" as well.

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