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Did You Know?: Thin Amish

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Air date: September 21, 2008

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It's true. Amish folk generally aren't overweight even though many carry the FTO gene that makes them susceptible to obesity.

Whatís more, the typical Amish diet is heavy in fat, sugar and calories.

So how do the Amish stay lean while the rest of us pack on the pounds?

As you may have guessed, it comes down to routine physical activity. In Amish communities, household chores like doing laundry and cooking require hours of hard work. And because many Amish are farmers but donít use modern conveniences like gas-powered tractors, they spend most of the day doing physical labor.

Of course modern living doesnít include nearly as much built-in physical activity as the Amish lifestyle. But according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Miami, the lesson to be drawn from the Amish is that even your genes predispose you to gain weight, youíre not doomed to become obese.

Combined with a healthy diet, being physically active can counter genetics and keep you slim.

And now you know.