I got in an argument with a couple of my friends. I wanted to know the answer to this question: Can weight loss mutate your genes? Meaning, if someone was born fat and lost weight by dieting over time and at that point, when he/she is skinny, reproduced, will the baby receive the Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Does a weight loss lead to a mutated gene that passes on during reproduction?
I got in an argument with a couple of my friends. I wanted to know the answer to this question: Can weight loss mutate your genes? Meaning, if someone was born fat and lost weight by dieting over time and at that point, when he/she is skinny, reproduced, will the baby receive the ``fat gene`` or a mutated ``skinny gene``?


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1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 1:05:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Anyone know anything about this?
1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 7:40:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
You think people are born fat or skinny?
1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 9:09:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Like if someone weak worked out a lot and then they had a baby, the baby would be really strong without any exercise?
1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 9:44:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, your question is a bit imprecise.
I don't think there is one fat gene. Weight loss will most probably not lead to a mutation (except if it's caused by severe radiation damages but those might also compromise your ability to reproduce ).
But *if* there was something like a fat gene epigenetics might have some effect like the one you describe.
1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/21/16 - 3:01:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pretty much what Matthias said.
1 yr ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 3/1/16 - 1:54:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think weight loss can lead to an actual gene mutation, however the health of your children can definitely be influenced by the health of the parents (especially the mother) during pregnancy and after they're born. This influence I think works in two ways: one is that the diet of the mother during pregnancy I think can influence the baby's desired diet later in life. The other is that parents with poor health habits are likely to pass those habits on, and vice versa.
1 yr ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 4/5/16 - 6:34:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
Natural and smooth weight loose will not damage, but if you take drugs or any other food supplements or fat burning pills, so the results depends on your health and random..
1 yr ago - Wednesday 11/16/16 - 4:46:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
this is the stupidest argument I've ever read, but indeed funny to laugh at. I'd be tht one guy who'll just laugh during the whole time XD
1 yr ago - Wednesday 11/16/16 - 5:40:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 3/1/16 - 1:54:17 AM Raisinman wrote:
I don't think weight loss can lead to an actual gene mutation. . . habits.


With the one caveat that a lot of these environmental influences can be, as Matthias said, epigenetically inherited. That is, it's not a mutation in the sequence of the DNA code (and therefore not a mutation), but sequences can be chemically modified with, among other things, methyl groups that affect whether or not a particular gene is transcriped. Alternative methylation status can be inherited along with DNA sequence.

So just because there is no DNA sequence mutation does not mean that it's all "nurture" and no "nature".
1 yr ago - Thursday 11/17/16 - 11:18:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's a lot of big words to not really say a whole lot.

You don't think it's a bit of a stretch to relate diet and exercise to epigenetics?
11 months ago - Saturday 11/19/16 - 12:50:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
11 months ago - Sunday 11/20/16 - 8:13:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/17/16 - 11:18:28 PM Raisinman wrote:
You don't think it's a bit of a stretch to relate diet and exercise to epigenetics?

Interesting read.
4 months ago - Tuesday 7/18/17 - 1:21:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
are you kidding..defini no



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