After reading and watching so many documentaries on obesity I believe that people are putting too much emphasis on the so-called "FAT GENE." There's no question that genetics plays a role, but it's less significant than most believe (according to many scientists). There are more overweight/obese people in the States than any other country in the world by a large margin. The problem is getting worse and it's far worse today than 10-20 years ago. Some of my relations came to settle down in the States from Sri Lanka a few years ago thin as sticks. All of them gained a lot of weight since then. Is it the food that's consumed in the States? I think that has A LOT to do with iti... Compared with the other four food pyramids, ours is the worst. There's also a lot of social and environmental predispostion to obesity. .... However, there are a lot more healtier foods/exercise programs out there today than years ago. More alternatives like Skim/soy milk and aspartame... Then why are we getting FATTER....I don't want to hear about this genetic crap because the US is the cultural melting pot with a diverse genetic make-up that's all getting heavier.. I stay in good shape by working hard at it. I wasn't blessed with a great metabolism so I have to watch what I eat and exercise regularly otherwise I'd be a FAT SLOB!