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Diet, genes and Harvard conservatism

{My new book "Ever seen a fat fox ~ Human obesity explored" which has a chapter and section on diet and genes is due out mid May} The Harvard School of Public Health has a recent web article on genes and obesity bearing the somewhat negative title: “Genes are not destiny”[1]. From my standpoint, this review is in fact defensive of a School where genomics appears to be low on their nutrition research agenda. This brief review of the Harvard position is written by a blogger who works both in public health nutrition but also in molecular nutrition.
The overview (hardly a review) begins by pointing out that obesity conditions linked to a single gene defect such as the Prader-Willi Syndrome are utterly rare. Equally, common ordinary everyday obesity is linked to so many genes that looking for one is like looking for a needle in a haystack. However, needles can be found in haystacks and we now know that high blood pressure is dramatically reduced in individuals marginally deficient …