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Appetite Genes Control How Children Grow

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Have you ever wondered why it is so different how quickly and how much small babies put on weight during the first years of life? Now researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have found that this is largely controlled by our genes. The findings provide insight into the mechanisms that control appetite and energy metabolism early in life and can help us find better treatment for obesity in adolescence and adulthood.

After birth, we grow fast. The length increases by about 50% and the weight doubles during infancy. Then the growth slows down and ...