“Fat and jolly” genetically linked

It used to be a stereotype that being fat meant you had a happy personality.  Then culture went out of its way to vilify fat people and make them miserable – when they weren’t vilifying culture or food companies for making people fat.

Now researchers claim new genetic evidence about why some people are happier than others – and it involves a gene implicated in obesity. The gene FTO, which is correlated to obesity by the ‘being fat is exculpatory’ segment of science, has now been similarly associated with an eight percent reduction in the risk of depression. In other words, it’s not just an obesity gene but a “happy gene” as well, if your correlation and causation errors roll that way.

View the original article here: Fat And Jolly Scientifically Verified – Enjoy Your Thanksgiving

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