Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Neglected rural pets pose scabies risk for humans > Health-in-Motion 02 December 2016 FTO gene Some of us might be tempted to blame our genes for not being able to lose weight as easily as other folks, but new research shows that believe to be erroneous. While it is true that people who carry the so-called FTO gene are more likely to be obese and tend to weigh an average of three kilograms more than their peers, scientists who recently reviewed eight studies involving over 9,000 individuals have discovered that carrying this gene does not, in fact, prevent you from losing weight. 0 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Bringing movies to the people with the power of the sun 31 minutes ago Partner content More: Daily Dose: Neglected rural pets pose scabies risk for humansHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical WATCH: South Africa teenager shares her battle against TB News QUIZ: How often do you take a sick day? Medical 4 tips for frequent flyers to prevent back pain Diet and nutrition Sugar tax too low to work Medical QUIZ: 10 facts and myths about asthma Lifestyle High-tech acne treatments From our sponsors How to care for your vaginal flora Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?