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Contributing Factors to Obesity

Obesity leads to a lot of health problems that can be hard to get rid of. This condition in itself can be hard to get rid of.

Obesity is defined as being 30 percent over your recommended body weight. The American culture mostly believes that if someone is obese, it is his or her fault and he or she should take measures to take care of it.

However, this is not always the case. There are many potential reasons that a person could be overweight or even obese.

One potentially contributing factor to obesity is the gene, GAD2. Studies have found that the presence of the wrong kind of this gene could mean that a person is more prone to being overweight.

Some researchers believe that the presence of the wrong kind of this gene could be one of the major contributing factors to obesity in one out of ten people. There are two kinds of GAD2.

One type will generally help protect someone from gaining weight. Meanwhile, the other kind usually stimulates appetite and weight gain.

Despite these genes, there are other factors that can contribute to whether you are obese or not. It has also been found that snacking can have a huge impact on the weight of a person.

People who choose to eat unhealthy foods that are high in calories, low in cost, heavily promoted, but good tasting tend to develop diet related diseases. In the busy, fast paced American society it can be very easy to resort to these kinds of snacks, but they can be devastating to your health.

The combination of high in fat, high in sugar, and high in calories is definitely not a combination that indicates a healthy lifestyle. These things can be alright when eaten in moderation, but they are not always eaten in moderation like they should be.

Studies have also found that not eating breakfast can contribute to becoming overweight and developing diabetes. This is because the insulin rates in those who eat breakfast consistently are generally lower.

Of course, whether or not you exercise can also have a huge impact on whether or not you gain weight and become obese. It is very important to get enough physical exercise every day.

Too many children and teenagers spend their days zoning out in front of the television or playing video games. In addition, the convenience of elevators and cars has contributed to the lack of physical exertion and exercise.

Sadly, other people cannot go outside their homes to exercise because it is too dangerous. However, by exercising you can help your body use more calories during the day than you consume.

This is critical to losing weight. Of course, it is important to make sure that your body does still get enough calories every day to perform its normal functions.

A good amount of exercise balanced with the proper diet can make it much easier to avoid obesity and gaining weight. However, it can be difficult to stick to the proper diet when food has such a social meaning in various cultures.

In the American culture, many people find that they do not feel like part of a group unless they participate in eating like everyone else is doing.

For example, if you go out to eat with your family and everyone else orders, it puts pressure on you to order as well. If you do not order, you may feel like you should not be there.

In addition to the social impact that food can have, it may also have a personal meaning for some people. Some people find that the best way to let go of stress for them is to eat a particular food.

By giving up this food to lose weight, he or she will probably have to deal with the stress until another solution is found for the problem. For a time, it may be quite difficult for them because food is the only thing that offers them solace and peace.

Another contributing factor to the obesity found within America is the larger portion sizes. The portion sizes are much larger than they were a few years ago.

As a result, eating a snack or a meal can cost you more weight gain because one snack contains more calories. In some cases, people may suffer from weight gain because of a disease they have developed.

Some diseases that may lead to weight gain include Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, depression, polycystic ovary syndrome and so forth. In addition, some drugs can contribute to weight gain.

These drugs include steroids, antidepressants, and so forth. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you should change certain factors in your lifestyle to lose weight and what genetic or uncontrollable factors may contribute to gaining weight.

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