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5 Main Causes of Obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest and growing problems in the world. It’s a condition that occurs when a person has abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may present a risk to the person’s health. The pandemic forcing people to stay indoors and cut back on their daily routine further ignited the growth of the obesity epidemic.

Obesity is a chronic medical disease that is associated with several related medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While obesity can be caused due to multiple reasons, there are a few important ones that you need to keep in mind.

Genetics

Research has indicated that there is strong link between genetics and obesity. While certain genetic traits such as having a large appetite may be inherited, external factors still contribute towards excessive weight gain.

Lack of Physical Activity

Lack of physical activity is another key reason for rising obesity. People today gain more calories than they burn through exercising. Since most people have work that requires sitting at their desk the entire day, it leaves less room for burning calories. Exercising at home, no matter the duration, goes a long way in burning those excess fats and calories.

Medications

Certain hormone problems such as underactive thyroid gland and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can also contribute to weight gain. Moreover, certain medicines such as antidepressants and diabetes medications have also been linked to weight gain over time.

Sugar

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Almost every food and drink that we see heavily marketed around us contains sugar, lots of it. Consuming sugar in excessive quantities can change hormones and the biochemistry of your body which can lead to weight gain. Avoid consuming sugary foods and drinks in excessive manner as they not only lead to obesity but also diabetes.

Poor Diet

Our lifestyle choices, diet and activity levels all contribute towards obesity. Heavily processed or junk foods contain lots of sugar, fats and carbs – which together are the perfect recipe for obesity. The convenience of having several food delivery apps at the touch of our fingers makes it even harder to resist those midnight cravings. But it’s definitely worth resisting it for the long haul.

If you follow the traditional BMI, anything greater than 30 will be classified as obese. It however, depicts a picture that is far from accurate. InBody body composition analyzers provide precise measurements with research level accuracy that will allow you to get the exact picture of your health.