Mini Review - Insights in Nutrition and Metabolism (2023) Volume 7, Issue 5
Epigenetic inheritance of obesity risk: The genetic legacy.
Obesity is a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions. Its prevalence has steadily risen over the past few decades, affecting millions of people worldwide and contributing to a range of life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. While the causes of obesity are multifaceted and complex, it is widely accepted that genetics play a significant role in determining an individual's susceptibility to obesity. However, recent research has shed light on a fascinating aspect of genetics known as epigenetic inheritance, which suggests that obesity risk may be passed down through generations via modifications to gene expression rather than alterations to the DNA sequence itself. In this article, we will explore the concept of epigenetic inheritance, its relevance to obesity risk, and the implications of this emerging field of research.Author(s): Williams John*