What Causes Overweight and Obesity?

obeseObesity is a concern for many people. Being overweight has negative implications for your mobility and health. To address this issue, you need to get to the root and perhaps try to eliminate it altogether. So, what causes obesity and overweight?

1.    Inactive Lifestyle

Lack of physical activity is arguably the biggest cause of obesity. If you spend most of your time seated at home, the office or school, you are likely to become overweight after some time. Some say that you can become overweight by watching TV more than two hours every day. Lack of physical activities means that your body is not getting a chance to use the energy consumed thus creating an energy imbalance.

You need to be more physically active by incorporating exercises into your daily routine. Start walking every chance you get, take the stairs, start taking physical education classes at the school, etc. If you do not have an active lifestyle, obesity is not the only problem you might have to deal with: Health problems such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer are linked to inactive lifestyles too.

2.    Health Conditions

Obesity has been associated with some health conditions too. Some hormonal problems such as Cushing’s syndrome, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can cause one to be overweight. Maybe what is causing your weight gain is a high level of androgens and not necessarily your lifestyle.

3.    Environment

obese causing foodsSome environment do not support physical activity something that causes obesity. You may be living in an area without affordable gyms or safe trails and sidewalks to take a walk or run. Even if you access to these facilities, your work schedule might not encourage any exercises. You might also not have access to healthy foods. Speaking of foods, our environment today is full of food ads encouraging us to take sugary drinks and high-fat snacks.

4.    Family History

Genes influence our weight too. This is another cause of obesity we have no control of. If either of your parents is overweight, you have a higher chance of becoming obese too. This is because genes influence the amounts of fat stored in the body. Families also tend to share most habits including those involving food and physical activities. These family traditions are passed on, and if they cause obesity, you will be obese too.

5.    Other factors

The other main factors that can cause obesity and overweight include smoking, pregnancy, advanced age, some types of medicines, sustained lack of sleep and emotional factors especially those that affect your eating habits.

While your weight is influenced by a wide range of factors, it all comes down to the energy intake and usage balance. Energy intake is the energy consumed when having food and drink. The body then uses this energy to operate. If there is more energy intake, you will gain weight and vice versa. Remember that overweight and obesity is often a result of your lifestyle. A total lifestyle review and change can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Writen by Bernard