Thanks to science, there could be an explanation for why you're so powerless to resist things like cheeseburgers, fries, donuts, and pizza -- well, besides the fact that they're delicious. Turns out you could actually be programmed to want fatty, sugary, and high-calorie foods more than other people, according to a new study. Really.
The study, which was recently presented by researchers from the Imperial College London, suggests there are certain genetic variants that make some people "hardwired" to choose foods that are high in fat and sugar, and ultimately become obese. As Dr. Tony Goldstone, lead author of the study explains, "It means they may experience more cravings than the average person when presented with high-calorie foods -- that is, those high in fat and/or sugar -- leading them to eat more of these foods."
While the study was small -- only involving 45 white European adults between the ages of 19 and 55 -- the results shed new light on the connection between genetics and obesity.