ADHD and Obesity Share a Genetic Link to Propensity for Instant Gratification

ADHD and Obesity Share a Genetic Link to Propensity for Instant Gratification

According to a large new study, you are more likely to choose the former if you have ADHD or are obese. This research was the first to identify underlying genetic causes behind this preference for instant gratification, known as delay discounting. To identify the genetic roots of delay discounting, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recruited more than 23,000 members of the genetic testing company 23andMe. Subjects answered a series of survey questions — for example, “Would you rather have $55 today or $75 in 61 Days?” — that assessed their tendency toward delay discounting. Results were...

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