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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 09:15

Is binge-eating in the Genes?

Binge-eating in teenagers may be linked to a gene variation, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

The UQ Diamantina Institute’s Professor David Evans and a University College London Institute of Child Health team have analysed data from 6000 adolescents aged 14 and 16 and found that genetic variations associated with obesity risk could also predict binge-eating.

Professor Evans said finding the gene variation could lead to a better understanding of why young people developed binge-eating tendencies.

“In the future it may also help us create strategies for identifying at-risk teenagers before they get to the stage where they are overweight or obese and face the many health problems associated with these issues,” he said.

“About 10 per cent of adults and teenagers binge-eat, which we define as excessive over eating with a lack of control over what they are eating.

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