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What Produces Weight Gain?


It is not false to say that obesity is caused when a person eats more than what he/she can burn. However, the lifestyle, certain health conditions and other elements affect the weight of an individual and produce an imbalance in the calories that the person consumes and the ones that he/she burns off. Genes, the environment, diseases and psychological factors are all reasons that contribute to weight gain.

Overweight is common in certain families and this suggests a genetic cause for obesity. However, some of these families can also have a similar diet and lifestyle which contributes to the weight disorder. It is difficult to separate these facts from genetic factors, but it has been showed by scientific studies made with adopted children that heredity is one reason for obesity.

Among the diseases that affect the weight levels the most known is hypothyroidism. A deficiency of the thyroid hormone decreases the metabolism of food and causes loss of appetite while increasing weight. This weight increase is produced by protein deposits in the body that develop in accumulation of fat and fluid retention. A person suffering from hypothyroidism suffers of fatigue, swelling of the face, dry skin, sweat reduction, loss of memory, weakness and continuous headaches. Other health-related causes of weight gain are: organ disease, anxiety, food sensitivity, blood sugar imbalance, Cushing’s syndrome, essential fatty acid deficiency and prescription drug use.

Finally, psychological and emotional factors play an important role in weight gain, especially eating habits. Some people are used to eat when they are bored, sad, depressed, or angry. Obesity is often regarded as a weakness in willpower or a lifestyle that has characteristics such as eating in excess and avoiding exercise. This makes the treatment harder for professionals. Obesity is more properly defined as a chronic illness than as a way of life.


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