If we are to believe popular science, we are who we are because of our genes. Our appearance, our character traits, susceptibility to sickness or the speed at which we recover are all due to genetics.

The relationship between genetics and body size is perhaps the most contentious. Researchers theworld over churn out results of innovative studies that will give us quick fixes to assist those of us who feel we were not blessed by the gene fairy. Think of all the recent dieting ‘fads’ in the last decade which have entered our modern day parlance- the Atkins Diet, the Macrobiotic Diet, theSouth Beach Diet, the list goes on. And all in the quest to change our body shape, with the added benefit it will supposedly improve our overall health.

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