Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Causes of Obesity


Causes of Obesity

Obesity is not a sign that a person is out of control. It is a complex, chronic disease.
Many things can contribute to this condition, such as:
  • Energy balance - your body may take too much energy from food - more than what your body needs can lead to weight gain. This depends on your level of activity and your metabolism.
  • Heredity - you have a higher risk of obesity if it runs in your family.
  • Metabolic disorders - if your body's metabolism changes, it may affect your energy balance and weight.
  • Eating and social habits - An unbalanced diet, snacking between meals and too little exercise can all lead to obesity.
  • Psychological factors - Social and emotional eating are among the main causes of excessive weight gain.
Any one or a combination of these factors can lead to obesity. Inherited conditions can't be changed, but you have the power to change your behavior patterns and improve your own health and well-being.

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