Thursday 20 September 2018

Scientists discover binge-eating gene


Scientists have discovered a gene they believe may hold the key to why some teenagers binge eat.

Around 10pc of adults and teenagers binge eat - characterised by excessively overeating with a feeling of losing control over what they are consuming - and binge-eating is most common in individuals who are overweight or obese.

A team at University College London's Institute of Child Health believe they have found a variation of a gene that they hope will allow a better understanding of why binge-eating develops, and be able to inform future preventative strategies for teens at risk before they become overweight or obese.

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