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Show Of Hands October 28th, 2014 3:45pm

Do you think a person's body fat percentage is determined more by his/her genes or his/her habits?

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SStauffer5745 Maryland
11/02/14 3:31 pm

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

flaminfiretruck St. Petersburg, FL
11/02/14 1:52 am

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.

10/31/14 8:38 pm

I guess it's like being gay then not genetics but poor choices and habits

Independent101 Be For America
10/31/14 8:12 pm

ONLY 1% of the population is fat because of his or her genes.

Atheist A sheep amidst wolves
10/30/14 7:38 am

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.

Atheist A sheep amidst wolves
10/30/14 7:55 am

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..

10/29/14 10:50 pm

Can be genetic but most use it as an excuse.

10/29/14 6:15 pm

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

KevlarSuave California
10/29/14 12:20 pm

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

bigdog3210 Around
10/29/14 10:17 am

Habits mostly but genes do play a small factor.

10/29/14 9:19 am

Some people will argue they are genetically predisposed to eat Twinkie's... But I'm not buying it.

10/29/14 8:37 am

Damn app won't let me hit both.

cshuey1 Pennsylvania
10/29/14 4:11 am

unless it's women's jeans and it makes then look fat.

fifeSymington Rose City
10/29/14 12:50 am

not genes at all. Body fat is calories in vs calories out.

tdaddy Kentucky
10/28/14 10:44 pm

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.

TiredofIt Texas
10/28/14 8:08 pm

Up until you are a biological adult, it's almost all genes. After that, almost all habits.

10/28/14 8:03 pm

Genes also help dictate habits.

Ivyra Earth
10/28/14 7:15 pm

Both play a part, but genes are usually expressed based on the expression of a habit

dogsaver new Jersey
10/28/14 6:55 pm

Habits, high fructose corn syrup, GMO's

Bekka Just relaxing...
10/28/14 6:29 pm

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...

10/28/14 6:18 pm

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.

mtbRIDER Gone riding...
10/28/14 6:01 pm

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

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/28/14 6:33 pm

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. :)

mtbRIDER Gone riding...
10/28/14 7:58 pm

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! :)

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/29/14 12:54 am

The human body is amazing, but it can have malfunctions.

dudley northern Virginia woods
10/28/14 5:46 pm

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.

10/28/14 6:18 pm

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

RPossTheBoss Top kek
10/28/14 5:44 pm

genes, metabolism

JHawk3205 MD
10/28/14 4:56 pm

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..

10/28/14 4:07 pm

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.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/28/14 4:19 pm

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.

10/28/14 4:00 pm

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" :/

10/29/14 7:58 pm

Fat people are allowed to exist without you approval. Stop pretending you care about people's health.

alkie New York
10/28/14 3:56 pm

Dems don't even want to take responsibility for being fat.

10/28/14 3:01 pm

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.

rons Thanks America
10/28/14 2:54 pm

Potato chips are passed down from generation to generation.

steelcity Pittsburgh
10/28/14 2:30 pm

Habits change, body fat changes. The genetics determine how difficult that will be.

PoliticalMemes Liberty
10/28/14 1:39 pm

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.

sigs77 Pennsylvania
10/28/14 1:26 pm

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

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/28/14 5:13 pm

What if you were a fat baby & never lost your "baby fat"?

10/28/14 6:21 pm

Then you should get off the couch more often

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/28/14 6:30 pm

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.

bMyComrade Beantown
10/28/14 1:20 pm

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.

singkitty In the cloud
10/28/14 4:14 pm

"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.

bMyComrade Beantown
10/28/14 8:35 pm

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

singkitty In the cloud
10/29/14 4:14 am

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.

singkitty In the cloud
10/29/14 4:17 am

Most BMI calculators would define that as obese.

singkitty In the cloud
10/29/14 3:50 pm

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.

bMyComrade Beantown
10/29/14 4:00 pm

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

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
10/28/14 1:10 pm

Boy, bamagirl is REALLY intent on this being mostly genetic. I wonder why...

muppethero pasco wa
10/28/14 1:07 pm

Nice to see the GOP does not have the monopoly on ignoring science

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/28/14 3:55 pm

Nice to see the GOP does not have the monopoly on personal responsibility.

muppethero pasco wa
10/28/14 4:12 pm

Say what ever you want. Does not change science.

GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/28/14 1:04 pm

It's a combination of both. Personally, I have sickle cell trait, which makes exercise a bitch.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
10/28/14 1:01 pm

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.

EarlyBird Portland
10/28/14 12:59 pm

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.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/28/14 3:57 pm

Is that why you only drink vodka?

10/28/14 12:43 pm

I'd be curious to see the vote breakdown by body fat percentage

Soz520 Belle Mead
10/28/14 12:36 pm

Some of it is genetics, but 90% of it is habits they have.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
10/28/14 11:40 am

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.

10/28/14 11:37 am

It's a mix if both, but good habits can overcome genes.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/28/14 11:32 am

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.

spitfirejmw Alabama
10/28/14 11:29 am

Definitely both but more habits

unoekpoh Arizona
10/28/14 11:29 am

There should seriously be a both button for questions like this.