Obesity - Causes

There are various causes of obesity like:

Poor eating habits and food choices: Diets and drinks high in calories, oversized food portions, fast foods, and skipping breakfast are few habits that cause weight gain and ultimately obesity

Lack of physical activity: Sedentary life that is without adequate physical activities is another major contributor to obesity

Genetic: The amount of fat stored in the body as well as its distribution is largely determined by the genetic make-up of an individual

Family history: On account of having similar lifestyle and food habits, people from the same family may suffer from obesity of a similar pattern. If one or both of the parents are obese, a child's risk of being obese is significantly higher

Pregnancy: Weight gain during pregnancy is a normal and essential phenomenon; however, some women may find it difficult to lose this excess weight after childbirth

Hormonal: Hormonal disturbances in medical conditions like  Hypothyroidism, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOD/PCOS) can lead to obesity 

Arthritis: Chronic arthritis or any other chronic pain may indirectly contribute to obesity since physical activities are reduced due to pain and the patient may tend to overeat to psychologically combat the pain

Medications: Certain medications like steroids, antidepressants, seizure medications, and certain high blood pressure medicines may also cause weight gain

Psychological causes: It includes bulimia, emotional stress, anxiety, and depression that can lead to overeating thus contributing to obesity.

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