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On the Futility of Screening for Genes That Make You Fat

  • J. Lennert Veerman mail

    l.veerman@uq.edu.au

    Affiliation: School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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  • Published: November 01, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001114

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Non-sequitur

Posted by alattie on 30 Nov 2011 at 15:54 GMT

The last sentence to this otherwise very sensible commentary is a non-sequitur: "A focus on individual genetic traits is a mere distraction and reinforces the popular view of obesity as a problem that individuals have to deal with, rather than one that requires societal action."

Genes vs. diet/exercise does not translate into genes vs. individual vs. societal action. The decision to adopt exercise and a prudent diet is still an individual choice.

No competing interests declared.