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Obesity — Research Spotlight: Can Your Genes and Environment Affect Your Physical Activity and Weight Loss?

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Physical activity and sedentary behavior are key contributors in weight control, both for prevention of weight gain and weight loss/maintenance. In this month’s Obesity, a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH)/NIDDK meeting report outlines evidence and gaps in understanding behavioral and psychological phenotypes that may contribute to differences in physical activity and sedentary behavior.

The NIH/NIDDK workshop brought together experts in the field of human behavior, behavioral genetics, exercise science, psychology and neuroscience as well as researchers focused on obesity-related physical activity interventions and environmental influences on activity. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the behavioral and psychological phenotyping related to physical activity and sedentary behavior across an individual’s lifespan. The report suggests that identifying such phenotypes could improve treatment matching and inform new targets for tailored innovative and effective weight management interventions.

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