Do you think a person's body fat percentage is determined more by his/her genes or his/her habits?
Little of both.
Genes play a huge role cause I eat a lot and hey guess what. I don't gain any freakin weight that I freaking need
I feel like genes do play a bit of a role, but it is mostly habit. However, metabolism is also something to take into consideration. You could have someone who always eats junk and never exercises and is still thin, and vice versa.
I guess it's like being gay then not genetics but poor choices and habits
ONLY 1% of the population is fat because of his or her genes.
I have a hard time believing that some obese people get that way more by genetics than by their habits. Show me an obese person who exercises regularly and only eats appropriate servings of healthy food, and I'll reconsider.
I dine out more than I should & often see overweight people making poor food choices.
I also often see overweight people avoiding healthy exercise like using elevators/escalators instead of stairs, using golf carts instead of walking, etc..
Depends on the person
Can be genetic but most use it as an excuse.
people who raise livestock know its all in the genes. Its called selected breeding, we now have giant rodents that provide more meat then a cow per pound of feed given...look it up
I have an 8% body fat and I eat 4-6 meals a day as don't work out. These means aren't very heaLthy either: meat, pizza, burgers, pastas... Etc. it's definitely my genes
Habits mostly but genes do play a small factor.
Some people will argue they are genetically predisposed to eat Twinkie's... But I'm not buying it.
Damn app won't let me hit both.
unless it's women's jeans and it makes then look fat.
not genes at all. Body fat is calories in vs calories out.
Definitely habits. I was a skinny kid: lean meats, green salads with vinegarette dressings, very paleo before the word was coined. In my late teens I discovered beer, pizza, pasta & sauces, club steaks, and it wasn't long before skinny no more.
Up until you are a biological adult, it's almost all genes. After that, almost all habits.
Genes also help dictate habits.
Both play a part, but genes are usually expressed based on the expression of a habit
Habits, high fructose corn syrup, GMO's
I voted habits, and I'm definitely someone with bad genetics. If I ever get the exercise and healthy eating going consistently and I'm still heavy, then I'll come back and blame my genes. But I feel that my problems are due to my choices...
You may never be a fitness model or athlete no matter how much you exercise but that's not the point and it's not an excuse. A huge amount of health problems are a result of piss poor eating habits and very low activity. It doesn't take much.
Genes are all too often an excuse for terrible habits & a lazy disposition. The actual percentage of people who have problems with their body composition as a result of genes is very small. Take ownership, exercise & eat right... It's not difficult
I agree it can be an excuse, but one shouldn't assume that it is an excuse which seems to be what many people on SOH are doing. :)
I hear what you are saying, but 99 times out of 100, it is an excuse... That 1% might be generous too. The human body is pretty amazing if you use it the right way! :)
The human body is amazing, but it can have malfunctions.
Both . But it can be fixed with diet and exercise so habits slightly more important. Still the maintenance is a lot harder with unfriendly genetics.
I believe both, but those that don't have good (skinny) genes as another just has to be more disciplined in what they eat & how they exercise. It leaves no room for laziness or gluttony since it will work against you
It's a nature v nurture question.. Bell curve: tells you it's 50/50 for most, and for smaller populations, it's one or the other..
I think that our body types (petite, tall, etc) are inherited, but how fit we are is due to diet and exercise. My personal observation: I belong to a book club and a tennis league. There are more overweight people at book club than tennis league.
I may agree to a point but have you ever been to China? Older chinese people are typically short and thin but the younger generations are typically taller and heavier due to more kids having access to more food at a younger age.
About 90% of people who blame it on genes are really just lazy f***s.
And it makes me feel bad for people who legitimately have genetiv health isues.
And then of course you have (mostly feminists) claiming that being 500lbs is "perfectly healthy" :/
Fat people are allowed to exist without you approval. Stop pretending you care about people's health.
Dems don't even want to take responsibility for being fat.
My grandparents are lean, my parents are obese, and I'm skinny. Is it genetic? Nope. Neither is intelligence, or physical strength, or work ethic.
Potato chips are passed down from generation to generation.
That made me lol
Habits change, body fat changes. The genetics determine how difficult that will be.
The only people putting down genes, are far and don't want to admit it. The truth is you gain weight if you eat to much of bad foods.
I wonder how I got fat? Oh yeah it must have been all the jogging. Noones walking into skinny peoples apartments and injecting their lettuce with trans fats
What if you were a fat baby & never lost your "baby fat"?
Then you should get off the couch more often
My point was only that Sigs assumed that all people begin life on this earth at a healthy weight, but that is not always the case.
Thin does not always equal good habits
And thick does not always equal bad habits.
It takes either habits or genetics to be stronger than the other to determine. My best friend's genetics outweigh her terrible habits, so she's thin as a rail.
"Thick" doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy, but being clinically obese sure does. If you're 5 foot and weigh 200 pounds it's not being curvy it's fat. There's a line.
You'd be surprised. 5 foot and 200 lbs doesn't look the same on everyone. Muscle is a factor, or a woman also her chest. But more clearly, morbidly obese was not all the question referred to. Sometimes that big person runs/swims/etc. and is still big
It was not part of the question. My point is that classifying one as "curvy" or "thick" when what they actually are is sick/obese. I don't see how any woman even with large breasts can be healthy at 200 lbs in a 5 foot frame.
Most BMI calculators would define that as obese.
Note number 3
Right I know BMI isn't the only calculating factor and doesn't take things like muscle mass into consideration, but sometimes fat is just fat.
And sometimes 5 foot and 200 lbs is not. That's my point. It's all very situation dependent. Not all thin people are thin due to good habits and not all thick people are thick due to be habits. Not all thin is healthy and not all think is obese/fat
Boy, bamagirl is REALLY intent on this being mostly genetic. I wonder why...
Nice to see the GOP does not have the monopoly on ignoring science
Nice to see the GOP does not have the monopoly on personal responsibility.
Say what ever you want. Does not change science.
It's a combination of both. Personally, I have sickle cell trait, which makes exercise a bitch.
Its both...but habits factor in dramatically more. Even when I played sports, worked out, & ran 5 days a week I was 190lbs @ 5'10. Genetically I simply could not be 160lbs, I'm built larger. But today I'm 250, bc I don't run at all & love sammiches.
It's a mix of both but leans more on good eating habits. For me, I hate wasting calories on liquids. I rarely drink anything unless it's zero calories.
Is that why you only drink vodka?
I'd be curious to see the vote breakdown by body fat percentage
Some of it is genetics, but 90% of it is habits they have.
Well, come on. Even the genetically largest of people can have a low body fat percentage if they don't eat. That's extreme of course, not eating.
It's a mix if both, but good habits can overcome genes.
For myself, I know weight gain is due to faulty eating and exercising habits. I've seen enough in my body over the last several years to know that if I go out of range, it is only because of me. It is not genetic for me.
Definitely both but more habits
There should seriously be a both button for questions like this.