Blocking Genes, Overcoming Woes and Building Healthy Whipper Snappers

Exercise blocks the so-called fat gene, financial troubles are bad for your health and a new online community helps kids get active.

The Real Fat Blocker
While many supplements out on the shelves claim to block fat (and are completely unregulated and may cause more harm than good, but that’s for another post), turns out the best medicine may be good old-fashioned activity. I can hear regular exercisers across the world cheering in approval. A recent study looked at the FTO gene, or “the fat gene,” in the Amish in Pennsylvania and found that although many of them had the FTO gene, they were not overweight. Why? Because the Amish do a crapton of moderate physical activity. Like three to four hours of manual labor, walking, farming, building, etc. Now, I’m not saying sell your car and reject all technology—’cause we’d lose a lot of dear readers that way—but it does mean that living an active lifestyle is the way to go. Not to mention that genes aren’t the only piece to puzzle.

Researchers say every little bit helps, so don’t be discouraged by the study’s long exercise times.
If the genes fit.

Dollars and Sense
Feeling stressed about your finances? Well, with a tanking economy and rising energy prices, almost everyone is feeling the pinch these days. A recent study from the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation found that 22 percent of people surveyed were stressed about retirement planning, 21 percent were buggin’ about debt management, and 15 percent were losing sleep over budgeting. Sound familiar?

The group warns that these constant worries can take a toll on your health and well-being. Chronic stress has also been linked to disease and sickness, as it reduces your immune system. That’s why, no matter how freaked you are over funds, it’s important to stay sane and as stress-free as possible. Your health depends on it!

Don’t worry. Be happy.

Better Than Facebook
First there was MySpace. Then came Facebook. Now, there’s a new healthier online community in town, and it’s for the kiddos. Parents around the world rejoice! It’s called GoTrybe and school educators, health professionals and families are using the site: www.gotrybe.com. The social virtual community was created for all ages and features workouts, nutritional and wellness information, interactive games, and blogs for youth and parents. GoTrybe hopes to turn kids’ sedentary screen time into active screen time that reinforces healthy habits.

Interested in trying the site out? The kind folks at GoTrybe are giving away a one-year subscription to the site to one lucky reader. Tell us in the comments below or e-mail us at contact@fitbottomedgirls.com about how you’d use the subscription. Erin and I will choose the most deserving entry and announce it later this week. Gluck!

Go trybe it.


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  1. eatingbender says:

    Very interesting info. about the fat gene – I am definitely cheering in approval!!

    Ooh, gotrybe.com sounds fascinating! If I were to receive a subscription, I would give it to my 15-year-old brother.

    My boyfriend and I recently got my brother hooked on eating better and exercising, so much so that he has lost 15 pounds and looks more handsome than ever, if that’s possible – and cutting out soda was absolutely key in his success, by the way! I would give him the subscription so that he would have a place to go to feel welcomed and share in a joint interest for health, much like the community I have found in the food/health/fitness blogosphere.

  2. Marcy says:

    Oooohhh I love me some social networking. I’ll have to check out that last linky. Thanks chica!

  3. tfh says:

    I’d love to see more studies on how exercise can outwit other “bad” genes. But the fat gene is probably the one most likely to get people moving. Pretty cool!

  4. GroundedFitness says:

    ugh when am i not stressing about money?

    i use it to fuel workouts. all my stress. I burn it all off. it comes right back the next day but it gets me into the gym. use what youve got.

    Kelly Turner

  5. Mark Salinas says:

    Just checking in…another good read! 🙂

  6. Erica says:

    Great info! I am totally feeling stressed due to our upcoming move! I am trying to push the stress into exercise and its helping a lot! I hope to keep this up!

  7. WeightingGame says:

    sigh. A) I am the only person in the world not on Facebook. B) My dad is forever emailing me questions about these fatblockers, asking if they work. The answer is just like you said: exercise.

  8. Crabby McSlacker says:

    I do think some of the headlines were a bit misleading about the Amish study–they made it sound like a little exercise was all it took. These folks exercise pretty much all day long!

    Still, it’s good to know that if you’ve got the fat gene, you’re not totally screwed as long as you’re willing to give up all modern conveniences and do physical labor all day… (ulp).

  9. Jenn says:

    It’s so interesting to see so many takes on sushi. It definitely is something that’s very different than most of us grow up eating. To each their own! 🙂