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Laziness runs in the family, a new study says

By T.K. Randall
September 6, 2010 · Comment icon 12 comments

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A new study has suggested that both a love of exercise and being a couch potato runs in the family.
A tendancy for one or the other can be put down to our genes with the same gene being passed from generation to generation. In the future the "laziness gene" could be treated with medicine to help increase activity levels.
Researchers discovered that the love of wanting to keep fit is in your genes and can be passed on from generation to generation. Conversely, the same is true about being a couch potato.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Siara 12 years ago
Yikes! The Protestant work ethic has been elevated to science. Working and working out is "normal", hanging out watching TV, chugging down a beer, and joking with your friends is a "genetic defect".
Comment icon #4 Posted by Siara 12 years ago
I don't know, but I get this feeling that the Prof. is out for some research money.... without any warranty of returns. This is the professor's way of defending the fact that he is a compulsive work-o-holic with no interest in popular culture and no friends
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Noses run in our family.
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
These are all habits. If your family are fitness savvy, your interests might lean towards going with them as a family thing and it becomes a part of your daily routine. Same thing if you have a family full of couch potatoes, these are influencial tendencies and not genetic. Saying we can cure someone who suffers from laziness with medications but yet compared couch potatoes as a gene thing for a fitness nut, then is that person suffering from being fit? This just sounds like another excuse for the pharmacutical companies to get another drug out in the market.
Comment icon #7 Posted by amodedoma 12 years ago
No really, so you mean certain characteristics of human personality are hereditary? Did this guy really have to study to come up with this? Get to know a couple of large-ish families, should be sufficient. I am a lazy person, I prefer lazy people, and according to my experience the world would be a better place if everyone were a little more lazy. There are lots of ways of dealing with anxiety, keeping yourself too busy to suffer it won't free you from it. Those ambitious, productive, go-getters, they dedicate their lives on the wheel of service, obssesed with and motivated by desires which ar... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Siara 12 years ago
This just sounds like another excuse for the pharmacutical companies to get another drug out in the market. They've already got some off the market. Caffeine and speed. I think you're right though. Soon everyone over 60 is going to be urged to take a new and expensive preion drug. Good thing there are countries out there in which medicine isn't so linked with financial gain. We Americans can observe the difference in preion patterns.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lapras 12 years ago
Noses run in our family. As they do in mine...
Comment icon #10 Posted by pixiii 12 years ago
Seems like they want us to pop a pill for just about anything these days..
Comment icon #11 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
They've already got some off the market. Caffeine and speed. LOL! Caffeine doesn't make people more productive, it allowed them to stay awake longer. So another words, a couch potato can watch more TV with caffeine than without Isn't speed illegal or are we refering to the "market"? Haha.
Comment icon #12 Posted by The Unseen 12 years ago
SOOOO thats whats wrong with me.LOL

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