What Causes Obesity

Obesity is often misinterpreted as laziness and a lack of self-discipline.

The belief that dieting and exercise are all that’s needed to overcome obesity is not entirely the full story.

Certainly the key to losing weight is ensuring that you burn more calories than you consume (or consume less than you use).

However, in practice this can be very difficult and diet and exercise programmes alone are often not enough to help people lose weight and keep it off.

Research has shown that underlying causes of morbid obesity could include:

  • genetics – something that runs in the family
  • metabolic disorders
  • hormonal imbalances.

It is important to understand the full history of a person’s weight gain, as well as any associated or potential underlying medical conditions.

There are health risks associated with being overweight, obese or morbidly obese, so understanding the reasons for a person’s weight is the first step to tackling it.

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