Researchers say 'fat gene' doesn't actually inhibit weight loss

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Extra pounds are easy to pack on, and that is especially true for those carrying the FTO gene, a variant found to increase the desire for lush foods and decrease the sensation of fullness.

There is some great news for those affected, as the findings of a recent study indicate the gene does not impede weight loss efforts.

An international team of researchers led by John Mathers of Newcastle University gathered data on over 9,500 overweight and obese individuals who had shed excess pounds through various combinations of diet, exercise, and drugs.

Some carried the troublesome gene and some did not, but both groups experienced similar results.

Mathers said, "We found no evidence at all that FTO genotype affected weight loss...carrying the high risk [form of the gene] makes you more likely to be a bit heavier but it shouldn't prevent you from losing weight. That should encourage people."

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John Goodman - 1991

Cheerful John Goodman in a scene from the film 'Barton Fink', 1991. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

John Goodman - 2015

John Goodman attends the 'Trumbo' Accenture Gala during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Khloe Kardashian - 2007

Khloe Kardashian at the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' premiere party on October 9, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage) 

Khloe Kardashian - 2015

Khloe Kardashian appears At ULTA Beauty's West Hills Store To Promote Kardashian Beauty Hair Care And Styling Line at ULTA Beauty on April 2, 2015 in West Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hudson - 2010

Jennifer Hudson during 'A Fine Romance' Gala Benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund - Arrivals at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Jennifer Hudson - 2015

SingerJennifer Hudson attends the Marchesa fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at St. Regis Hotel on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

Jonah Hill - 2006

Jonah Hill during Universal Pictures Presents the World Premiere of 'Miami Vice' at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage)

Jonah Hill - 2012

Actor Jonah Hill attends the premiere of 'The Watch' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Kelly Osbourne - 2002

Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne at St Martin's Lane Hotel, London, August 21, 2002. Kelly, along with brother Jack, mother Sharon and father Ozzy, are the stars of their own reality television show, 'The Osbournes'. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)

Kelly Osbourne - 2015

Special guest Kelly Osbourne celebrates the opening of the new Cost Plus World Market Chelsea, New York store on August 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for World Market)

Chaz Bono - 2010

Chaz Bono arrives at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 17, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Chaz Bono - 2015

Chaz Bono visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 28, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

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