C-B3-02: Association of FTO, INSIG2, MC4R, and PCSK1 Obesity SNPs With Binge Eating in Morbidly Obese Patients.
ABSTRACT Background/Aims: Obesity has a strong genetic component. Recent genome-wide association studies have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in or near over a dozen genes that are related to body mass index (BMI). Despite the association of these SNPs with BMI, the mechanism by which they influence the determination of body weight is not yet known. Recently, the fat- mass and obesity-associated (FTO) obesity SNP was related to energy intake and preference for foods of high caloric density in children. FTO genotype was not associated with resting energy expenditure. We have extended this type of analysis to eating behaviors in the morbidly obese. Methods: DNA was obtained from approximately 900 morbidly obese (BMI>40 kg/m(2)) patients and used to genotype obesity SNPs in or near the FTO, INSIG2, MC4R, and PCSK1 genes. Binge eating status (normal, episodic overeating, or any binge eating) was determined using the validated Questionnaire on Eating and Weight Patterns (QEWP). Binge eating status was correlated with each individual genotype, the combined obesity allele burden, and the combined homozygous obesity gene burden. Results: Binge eating data was obtained from 640 patients who had completed the QEWP. Of these 640, 116 (18%) were classified as manifesting binge eating behavior. No association was present between heterozygous or homozygous FTO (P=0.59), MC4R (P=0.30), or PSK1 (P=0.77) obesity SNPs. However, 29% of those who were homozygous for the INSIG2 obesity SNP were classified as binge eaters, versus 17% of heterozygous or homozygous normal patients (P=0.006). Association was also found with binge eating status and the presence of 2 or more homozygous obesity genotypes (28% versus 17%, P=0.041), likely due to the INSIG2 gene. Cumulative obesity allele burden (0-8 alleles for the 4 genes) was not associated with binge eating status (P=0.42). Conclusions: The INSIG2 obesity SNP appears to influence binge eating behavior in morbidly obese adults. The FTO obesity SNP appears to influence eating behavior in children suggesting that different genes may influence obesity at different ages. For both genes, excess caloric intake appears to be the major mechanism influencing BMI. How other obesity genes influence body weight regulation has not yet been determined.