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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES There is no doubt that the dramatic worldwide increase in obesity prevalence is due to changes in environmental factors. However, twin studies suggest that genetic differences are responsible for the major part of the variation in body mass index (BMI) and other measures of body fatness within populations. Several recent studies(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES There is no doubt that the dramatic worldwide increase in obesity prevalence is due to changes in environmental factors. However, twin and family studies suggest that genetic differences are responsible for the major part of the variation in adiposity within populations. Recent studies show that the genetic effects on body mass(More)
BACKGROUND After the worldwide steep increase in child and adolescent overweight and obesity during the last decades, there is now evidence of a levelling off in the prevalence in many countries in the Western world. AIM To examine whether there still is a plateau in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Danish children and adolescents, or whether(More)
Background: Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. The importance of genes in development of obesity is evident from twin and family studies. Moreover, epigenetic events in early life may play an important role in obesity etiology. Aim: We aimed to outline and discuss the role of genetic and epigenetic influences on development of obesity in(More)
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