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Gov OMIM). Several investigators have shown that the familial trait for body fatness has a much stronger influence on body composition than environmental influences such as culture, socioeconomic status, or food-intake patterns. Stunkard and associates 39,40 as well as Bouchard and Despres 35,36 have published extensively on the responses of twins to dietary manipulation and exercise. They found that identical (monozygotic) twins are more nearly alike in these responses than are siblings or nonidentical (dizygotic) twins.

For example, the rat, a nocturnal animal will have been very active during the night and will rest during the day. The day–night cycle in RQ will therefore be reversed. Energy Retained After the heat production associated with exercising muscles and the inefficiency of energy capture as described above are accounted for, two other components must be included. 25a This is quite straightforward. If weight is neither gained nor lost, then the energy balance (energy retained) is zero. If weight is gained as fat, the energy value of that fat must be accounted for.

Although excess body fat stores, or obesity, is considered a risk factor in a number of diseases, we have no permanent cure for the disorder. 10 are some of the reasons that excess body fatness develops. Obesity is probably the result of an interaction between genetics and environment. An individual may have inherited one or more mutated genes that influence the efficiency with which that individual uses the intake energy and converts it to stored energy. When provided with an ample food supply, these individuals may become fat.

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