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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5 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 1:05:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Anyone know anything about this?
5 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/20/16 - 7:40:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
You think people are born fat or skinny?
5 yrs ago, 3 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?
5 yrs ago, 3 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.
5 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/21/16 - 3:01:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pretty much what Matthias said.
5 yrs ago, 3 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.
5 yrs ago, 2 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..
4 yrs ago, 7 mos 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
4 yrs ago, 7 mos 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".
4 yrs ago, 6 mos 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?
4 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/19/16 - 12:50:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
4 yrs ago, 6 mos 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.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/18/17 - 1:21:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
are you kidding..defini no



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