This key lecture discusses our evolving understanding of the genetic basis of obesity. Research in obesity has demonstrated that individuals are not equal regarding their predisposition to body fat gain. This difference is partly attributable to genes that also influence the response to the environment. Genetic research has also permitted identifying specific genes that influence the body’s response to environmental factors such as exercise. This issue will be presented in this lecture with the underlying preoccupation to predict who is a good responder to exercise and to what extent this is related to the proneness to obesity.


9:30am Genetics of Human Obesity: What Are the Lessons Learned?
Claude Bouchard, PhD