Obesity – Causes

Obesity – Causes 

 

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 Obesity – Causes

What causes obesity?
In very simplistic terms obesity is the consequence of consuming a larger number of calories than how many are used by the body, this imbalance is more likely to occur if a person consumes a relatively large proportion of fatty and sugary foods. Because these calories are not consumed that energy is stored as body fat.
Obesity is an increasing condition in the UK year on year because of the way many people live their lives, such as having access to and consuming cheap food that is high in fat and sugars and therefore has a large calorific value. This is compounded by the fact a proportion of people generally live sedentary lifestyles where they spend far too much time in front of their work stations, cars, or sofas. It is important to appreciate that obesity is not as simple as watching what you eat and being more mobile or active, even though studies have shown that diet management and an active lifestyle have a profound effect on reducing the likelihood of being overweight or obese in the majority of people.

Some people have underlying health conditions or a genetic predisposition that contributes to them becoming overweight or obese. An example is that somebody having hypothyroidism which is the thyroid gland not being as active as it should be. The good news for a person who has hypothyroidism is that there are medicines available that control the condition.