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Aug 2017 On BBC Tomorrow's World, Professor Farooqi speaks about the impact that genes have on the regulation of our appetite and body weight.


Aug 2017 Professor Farooqi has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust.



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My name is Abigail and I am 10cake


My name is Abigail and I am 10 (nearly 11) years old.  I was diagnosed with the MC4R Gene deficiency when I was 4 years old.  This means that I am overweight for my age, but don’t judge me and think I eat lots of unhealthy food, because I don’t.



One of our patients with

leptin deficiency


Ever since I can remember all I was ever told was to watch what I eat...strict diets, watching the calories… and I never understood why.  There were many tears, a lot of upset and a constant worry for my parents.  When it came to mealtimes I was never really happy but since I was only a child this was perfectly understandable.


Did finding a gene make

a difference to me?


I was diagnosed with the MC4 defect 12 years ago when I was 12 years old. When I was first diagnosed I was initially scared, I had just been diagnosed with a condition that I wasn’t aware I had so yeah, I was really scared. I was also very confused and angry at my diagnosis. How did I end up with this condition? Why has nobody spotted it before? Was there any cure? These are all questions I asked myself.