Obesity and Genetics are linked. The New England Journal of Medicine study published in the December 11, 2009 edition reports a so-called obesity gene may have more to do with food choices than with metabolism or physical activity. The FTO gene variant that confers a predisposition to obesity does not appear to be involved in the regulation of energy expenditure but may have a role in the control of food intake and food choice, suggesting a link to a hyperphagic phenotype or a preference for energy-dense foods. This is a significant conclusion in view of traditional link that is emphasized between Obesity and planets in Vedic Astrology.
In Indian Astrology, Obesity is related to Jupiter , the planet of expansion and growth. When Jupiter is afflicted by its position in 6th, 8th or 12th house or debilitated, it can cause overeating disorders, overweight, adipose tissues and obesity. In addition, Ayurveda, the vedic medical science, attributes obesity to kapha dosha. Kapha problem arises due to imbalance of water and earth elements. Since water and earth elements are ruled by Venus and Mercury, any weakness of Mercury and Venus in a horoscope also points to possible obesity. The zodiac signs Cancer, Capricorn and Scorpio should also be examined for identifying obesity. Thus, affliction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in an individual horoscope along with afflicted zodiac signs may have relation to FTO gene variant as contributor to Obesity, a conjecture fro further research in astro-genetics.