What is the Fat Gene and do I have it?

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The Fat Gene, or ‘fat mass and obesity-associated’ (FTO) gene. The fat gene comes in two different variants, and one is associated with increased body fat, body mass, and appetite. You can inherit 0-2 “bad” variants of the fat gene from your parents. Functionally the role of the fat gene is to switch on the expression of other genes regulating metabolism and fat storage. Knowing which variant you have can help you to take action to maintain a healthy weight.