Causes of Obesity

Obesity is usually caused by lifestyle. People generally consume too much food and expend too little energy. The only way to gain weight is to consume more calories than you burn. What causes people to do this, however, is caused by different things and varies from person to person. Genetic, environmental and psychological factors contribute.

Environmental Factors

Genes don't definitively cast someone to a lifetime of obesity. Lifestyle plays a huge factor. Americans have high-fat diets consisting of processed, high-calorie, fast food, with a lack of physical activity.

Sometimes, all people have to do to lose weight is cut out fast food or excercise.

Genetic Factors

Obesity usually runs in families. Despite the fact that families share the same diets and children learn, studies show that obesity is still highly related to genetics.

Studies show that adults adobpted as children had weights closer to their biological parents than their adoptive parents.

Psychological Factors

Many people overeat because of boredom, sadness or frustration.

Most overweight people have no more psychological problems than people of average; however, their coping mechanism often revolves around binge eating.

People with the most severe binge eating problems usually have depression and low self-esteem.

Obesity Causing Diseases

Many people believe that all people can control their weight, which in fact is not true. Many totally separate diseases can cause obesity.