Thankfully, Dr. Farooqi also intervened with obese children cases under scrutiny by British child welfare authorities and showed they had the chromosome 16 deletion, taking blame off the parents.
I realize there are many causes for obesity, and that many are due to overeating and under-exercising. But I also know that those who really have a valid, medical problem which leads to obesity are most often derided and thrown into that same category. Not only are there endocrine reasons, but now there are definitely genetic reasons for some. I predict there will be more and more of this uncovered in the near future.
(Thank you to the Cushings-Help message board member who posted this article!)
Read the Nature article here: Large, rare chromosomal deletions associated with severe early-onset obesity