The New York Times published an article …

this week about the genetics of satiety — what makes people feel full and that they’ve had enough food. It isn’t about willpower, writes the reporter. After writing about one particular gene that was studied, one doctor said, “This proves that MC4R is an important, if not the most important, controller of weight.”

It’s not that I think genes are unimportant. It’s not that I believe that some people have a harder time with weight challenges than others. But studies like this (and they are only studies and we have no idea how many other variables like lifestyle, exercise, relationships or what in fact the people studied were eating) keep placing the onus of responsibility on something beyond our awareness.

We get to think, Oh, it’s because I have the MC4R gene that I’m like this. It’s the gene’s fault. And regardless of the genes you have, at some point, it always and still comes down to attention and awareness and what you choose. Where you place your attention, if you feel like a victim. Most people zoom through and past meals. Past pleasure. Past noticing when they’ve had enough. It’s not about their genes, it’s about being on the internet while eating, talking, walking. It’s about missing our lives. It’s about not choosing to show up exactly where we are.

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