What Causes Obesity?

The big obstacle to combat obesity is the fact that nearly “everyone thinks they know” why people getting obese and nearly “everyone thinks they know” what people should do in order to lose excessive body weight.

Below is a short list of the factors that lead to obesity in America Today:

Genetic predisposition

  • Twin studies
  • Adopted children
  • “Obesity” geneScreen shot 2012-02-08 at 10.14.35 AM

Physiologic

  • Leptin, Ghrelin
  • Decreased stretch receptors
  • Loss of satiety mechanism (hypothalamus)

Evolutionary

  • Behavioral Family tradition
  • Food to comfort child Addiction

Socioeconomic

  • High/low income classes
  • Cultural views

Psychosocial

  • Coping mechanism (i.e. stress, abuse)

Societal

  • Technology has decreased energy expenditure
  • Elevators, power windows, food delivery, remote controls, computers, Sony playstation, TV, cars

 

 


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