Causes of obesity


Obesity is characterized by excessive body weight is extremelycommon in the United States and other parts of the world. Theexcessive body weight is stored in the body in form of fats. Researchhas indicated that numerous people with obesity have parents who wereobese. In this regard, obesity has been viewed as a genetic form ofcondition that runs across generations. Obesity is likely to affectany person regardless of the age, sex or even race (Blass, 2012).Children have, however, been identified as being more prone toobesity due to their eating habits. Additionally, girls are said toengage in less muscular activities than men hence are likely to storemore fat in their bodies and therefore increase the likelihood ofdeveloping obesity.

There are number of causes of obesity that have been put forward byclinicians and doctors. Primary among the various causes of obesityare lack of physical exercise and poor eating habits. Weight gainwhich result in obesity is definitely caused by food intake. The bodymust be in a position to balance between the amounts of caloriesintake and their metabolism. There are certain foods that have highcalories such as fast foods, sweets and fried foods. Foods that arehigh in fat content are likely to cause weight gain (Blass, 2012).According research in Epidemiologic studies, foods with high fatcontents are likely to cause weight gain. The eating habits exhibitedby people contribute largely to obesity. People with zeal to consumefatty fast foods and fried food are likely to gain enormous weightand ultimately suffer from obesity.

Consumption of foods that are high in simple carbohydrates has alsobeen figured out by scientists to cause weight gain and ultimatelylead to obese conditions. It is argued that simple carbohydrates suchas bear, sugars, fructose, desserts and soft drinks contain glucosethat is easily absorbed into the blood stream. This is contrary tothe complex carbohydrates such as rice and pasta. Overeating andfrequency of eating also causes obesity. People who take in enormousamounts of food that are rich in calories and fats are likely todevelop obesity. The frequency with which a person takes food hasalso been associated with obesity (Blass, 2012). Scientists haveargued that people who take food frequently are likely to developobesity than people who take two or three meals a day. However, it isworth noting that this assumption is controversial since there arenumerous obese people who take only two or three meals a day.

Numerous people across America lead sedentary lives characterized byinactivity. Lack of physical activity is one of key causes of obesityamongst people both in the United States and across the world.Research has indicated that people seat in front of televisions orcomputers for many hours a day and hardly engage in any physicalactivity (Blass, 2012). Additionally, physical exercise classes havereduced in schools. People have also adopted vehicles as means oftransport as opposed to walking. This forms of inactivity reduce thepossibility of burning the calories taken in through food and leadsto obesity.

In conclusion, it is abundantly clear that obesity is caused by acombination of a number of factors. Lack of activity to metabolizethe calories taken in through food consumption can lead to obesity.Additionally, the consumption of foods rich in sugar and caloriessuch as fried foods leads to enormous weight gain hence leading toobese conditions (Blass, 2012). In a bid to avoid obesity, it isprudent to avoid foods with high fat content and also to engage inphysical activities such as taking daily walks.


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