How Does Obesity Start From 60 to 200 Pounds

The simple explanation for obesity is that it occurs when a person consumes more calories than they burn. A person is considered obese when their weight is 20% above their normal weight. But no one wakes up one morning after a week of not exercising to find that they are obese, so what causes such dramatic weight gain?

There are generally many more factors at play than just excessive calorie consumption and a lack of exercise. In the beginning it can start very subtly and the changes are so gradual that most people don’t realize that a lifestyle change is necessary until they are already caught in a vicious cycle.

Many times, in the case of children with obesity, parents feel helpless to guide their children along the right path, as they themselves are often struggling with similar weight issues.

Being aware of and understanding what the root cause of your obesity is will ultimately be the key to overcoming it. Here are some of the main factors that play a role in obesity; recognizing which one(s) played a part in your obesity will enable you to take the right approach to your particular situation.

Obesity 60 to 200 Pounds

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Genetics

Studies have shown that obesity can run in families and if your parents or grandparents were overweight, you will be more prone to obesity.

In one study, researchers looked at adults who had been adopted as children and found that they took more after their biological parents in their weight than their adoptive parents. This shows that genetics can affect a person’s weight even more than their environment does.

However, this does not mean that just because your parents were overweight you will have to suffer the same fate, and while it will take more work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, it is certainly not impossible.

Age

As you age, your metabolism naturally slows down and your body requires fewer calories to maintain its ideal weight than it once did. Additionally, you tend to do less physical activity as you age than you did when you were younger, so eating habits must be adjusted according to age.

This is especially true for women, as once they hit menopause, their metabolism will slow down and they won’t be able to eat as much as they once did without gaining extra weight.

Psychological issues

For many people, eating has become a coping mechanism that helps them deal with negative emotions such as depression or anger. When they feel an episode coming on, they turn to food as a comfort, which leads to binge eating and ultimately, obesity.

Environmental factors

The environment you live in can also have an effect on your weight. If a child lives in a home where parents and relatives overeat and sit in front of the television instead of getting exercise, he/she is more likely to grow up with a weight problem.

This isn’t only the case with children; if you are surrounded by temptations on a daily basis, for example working as a chef or bartender, you will be surrounded by unhealthy choices and lifestyles all day long, which can weaken your resolve to eat healthily.

Health issues

Certain health problems can contribute to obesity, such as thyroid issues or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Certain medications used to treat other conditions can also affect your weight, such as steroids or antidepressants.

Other health issues that prevent you from exercising as much as you’d like to, such as a weak back or knee problems, can also contribute to obesity, since you will be less active than you once were. In cases like these, you should speak to a physical therapist and find exercises that you can still safely do despite your condition.

Pregnancy

After a pregnancy, women tend to weight around four to six pounds more than they did before the pregnancy. In addition to the weight put on during their pregnancy, they have to care for their newborn almost 24/7, which means less time for exercising.

One of the reasons that women put on more weight than they should after a pregnancy is that many are under the mistaken impression that they must “eat for two” during their pregnancy, which leads to excessive weight gain that can quickly get out of control once the baby is born and a new mother has less time to think about her weight.

Again, it is important to remember that no matter which of these factors have contributed to your obesity, there is still hope for your recovery. If you feel unsure about where to begin, speak to a physician, dietician and physical trainer to get advice that is tailored to your specific situation.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog obesitytips4u.com. HowToReduceObesity covers articles on various obesity, Weight loss, Fitness, Diet topics. If you like This post, you can follow howtoreduceobesity on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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