Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India in the 21st century,
with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country's population.
India is following a trend of other developing countries that are
steadily becoming more obese. Unhealthy, processed food has become much
more accessible following India's continued integration in global food
markets. Indians are genetically susceptible to weight accumulation
especially around the waist. While studying 22 different SNPs near to
MC4R gene, scientists have identified a SNP (single nucleotide
polymorphism) named rs12970134 to be mostly associated with waist
circumference. for more on obesity............