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  • Are you a lazy slob who hates to work, and sits around all day?

  • Me too.

  • I mean really is this episode over yet?

  • It's nap time.

  • Hey everyone, Laci Green here for DNews.

  • Some have called the onset of the 21st century "the couch potatofication of America"!

  • And yes, that is scientific terminology.

  • There's so much to do and see in the world!

  • ...And you can do it all from the comfort of your own sofa, or office chair, or wherever you happen to be sitting.

  • Now, a new study is saying: "Hey, the fact that you sit on your butt so much may not be just because of lifestyle changes of the modern world, it might actually be because of....your genes."

  • This is some of the first hard evidence that some people may in fact be predisposed to laziness!

  • It's the excuse to sit around that we've all been hoping and waiting for.

  • The study was recently published in the American Journal of Physiology.

  • Scientists at the University of Missouri basically monitored a bunch of rats and then sorted them into 2 groups based on how much physical activity the rats did on their own: one group was the "super runners" and the other was the "couch potatoes".

  • Then each group was isolated so they could only breed with their own kind.

  • They bred the rats for 10 generations, and what did they find?

  • The offspring of the super runners were willfully running an average of 10x longer every day than the couch potato group.

  • To be sure it was actually genetic, they looked at things like mitochondrial content in the muscle cells, gotta check in on how the powerhouses are running.

  • They also looked at that rat's body composition.

  • In the end, they pinned 36 genes that may influence couch potato behavior--narrowed down from 17,000.

  • Now they've gotta figure out which genes exactly and, of course, if this applies to humans.

  • Which sounds like a lot of work, if you ask me.

  • The study draws up that age old question, right?

  • Nature or nurture?

  • Am I lazy because I'm hardwired for it, or am I lazy because that's the lifestyle I was brought up with?

  • Because I lack discipline?

  • Or because I just really don't care?

  • As we discover that a lot of these traits may in fact start in our genes, how much of said laziness is related to factors that are in my control?

  • I ask because I feel like in my heart of hearts, I am just ... so unbelievably lazy.

  • But I force myself not to be lazy.

  • I hate every minute of it.


  • Is that nature or nurture?

  • So, peeps, are you a couch potato or a super-runner?

  • Tell me about it down below and I'll catcha next time here on DNews, bye bye!

Are you a lazy slob who hates to work, and sits around all day?

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Is There A Couch Potato Gene?

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