Basque Research Logo Obesity is a growing pandemic which possibly engulfs around 300 million adults worldwide. Just last week specially designed probiotics were introduced for treating obesity and here is another investigation that enlightens about a novel way for tackling this condition. A groundbreaking research undertaken by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), claims that considering body mass and the amount of adipose tissue is extremely essential in the battle against obesity.

At the time of the investigation, it was pointed out that environmental factor influencing amount of adipose tissue may be significantly associated with blood pressure. Therefore, amount of adipose tissue may be the hallmark to treating obesity. Characteristics or phenotypes defining the height, shape and adipose tissue of the human body appear hereditary at a rate of 0.28-0.69 which is from moderate to high. Both genetic and environmental factors probably are involved in corresponding phenotypes. Though the influence in phenotypes is supposedly related to obesity, genetics do not affect all of them equally.

It was concluded that general elevation in body mass forms the basis of increase in adipose tissue. The phenotypes that determine body mass presumably are closely linked with those demonstrating the amount of fat. Thus controlling the amount of adipose tissue and total body mass can allegedly help fight obesity. Researchers mention that the quantity of body fat has genetic effects on blood pressure phenotypes. Biologist Aline Jelenkovic and colleagues claim that socioeconomic factors have more influence on phenotypes related to adipose tissue than body mass.