Are your genes to blame if clothes don’t fit?

Warwick Daily News - - READ -

IN LAST Satur­day’s In­sider col­umn, in the Weekend mag­a­zine, en­ter­tain­ment editor Seanna Cronin in­ter­viewed a pro­fes­sor who wants to change the way Aus­tralians think about obe­sity.

The health ex­pert is fea­tured in a new SBS doc­u­men­tary, The Obe­sity Myth.

On­line com­menter hang_em_high, of Mackay North, had this to say about the story: “Genes play a ma­jor part in the epi­demic,” they wrote.

“I am not so sure. My dad can eat half a cow, a bucket of ice cream and top up on a packet of lol­lies. Me, on the other hand, only has to smell food and I start putting on weight.

“Al­though this only hap­pened since I got di­a­betes. Be­fore di­a­betes I was like my dad.

“My son had type 1 so I used to test reg­u­larly and I no­ticed the num­bers go­ing up long be­fore the weight. In my case weight did not cause di­a­betes. In fact, it seems di­a­betes caused the weight.

“Most peo­ple don’t get tested till di­a­betes and weight are well es­tab­lished so everyone thinks weight cause di­a­betes when there is ev­ery chance it doesn’t.”

Also last week, colum­nist Greg Bray bid good­bye to the lawn­mower he coined Mr Jinx and wel­comed an elec­tric model into his home. On­line com­menter BigBunny, of Lis­more, warned Bray not to cel­e­brate the pur­chase too early.

“Ev­ery mower-make has its ‘le­mons’,” they wrote. “Of­ten the more you pay the less you get.

“Elec­tric mow­ers have their prob­lems too, Greg, so given your past bad luck may I wish you the best with your newie.”

And Pol­lie Tick­led colum­nist Michael Burlace ex­plored the pit­falls of self-reg­u­la­tion for big com­pa­nies and Aussie mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

Bullnt, of Mackay, wrote this in re­sponse: “And for th­ese same rea­sons, multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions and bil­lion­aires should be sub­ject to reg­u­la­tion of some kind.”

Weekend wants to know what you think. Leave your com­ments on­line, or email weekend@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au.

PHOTO: TI­MOTHY SCOTT HER­BERT/SBS

◗ Pro­fes­sor Joe Proi­etto talks to a pa­tient in a scene from the doc­u­men­tary TV se­ries The Obe­sity Myth.

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