Science Daily published an article entitled “Finding Genes for Childhood Obesity: Genome Wide Study Identifies Genetic Variants Associated With Childhood Obesity” by Eleanor Wheeler, Ni Huang, Elena G. Bochukova, Julia M. Keogh, Sarah Lindsay, Sumedha Garg, Elana Henning, Hannah Blackburn, Ruth J. F Loos, Nick J. Wareham, Stephen O’Rahilly, Matthew E. Hurles, Ines Barroso, and Sadaf Farooqi. This article discusses the genetic analysis that has pinpointed genes that may be linked to severe obesity in children. In addition, the research revealed an elevated amount of structural variants in the DNA that erases G protein coupled receptors which maintain weight. Medication can be developed that focuses on these receptors in order to correct the problem.
I think this research is very significant because childhood obesity can have harmful effects on the body such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risks factors for cardiovascular disease.
Article Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130407133146.htm