Being slim: Is it in our genes? – 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English



Studies have shown that about 40% of the variation in a person’s weight is influenced by genes.
Scientists have found some evidence that our weight is not just controlled by what we eat. Research published in the journal PLOS Genetics, explains how twin studies have shown that about 40% of the variation in a person’s weight is influenced by their genes. Neil and Dan talk about diets and serve you a tasty helping of vocabulary.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/

This week’s question
What’s the name of the popular diet that involves avoiding eating carbohydrates but involves eating as much fat and protein as they want? Is it…

a) The Mediterranean diet

b) The Atkins diet

c) The Graham diet

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary
paunch
fat stomach that mostly men have

skinny
very thin

willpower
controlling your own behaviour to achieve something

come to terms (with something)
start to accept the difficult or unpleasant situation you are in

judgemental
quick to criticise people based on your own beliefs

burst
sudden and short increase in something

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