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What Causes Obesity?


Many of our surgical weight loss patients at The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management have struggled with obesity for all or most of their lifetime. Part of our program at The Bridges Center is helping you unpack the cause(s) of obesity and preparing for change. There are numerous causes for obesity and morbid obesity, including…

Lack of Balance In Diet & Physical Activity

When you consume more calories than you expend through physical activity, you gain weight. While this is no surprise to anyone, many adults are willing to try a diet, but few match their dieting effort in exercise. Even if you are eating a healthy diet, eating significantly more calories than you expend in exercise will result in weight gain from the stored calories. To maintain a healthy weight balance, you should only consume the necessary amounts of calories needed to support your physical activity level. Of course, there are also patients who arrive at the same problem with reversed symptoms: frequent exercise accompanied by over-eating (and/or a nutritionally poor diet). If you are overeating, you will not see the same health benefits of exercise that you would enjoy with a healthy diet. The key is balance.

Heredity

There are scientific studies that suggest a link between obesity and heredity. However, many times, it is difficult to distinguish if family-related obesity is due to genetic factors or shared diet and lifestyle habits. Genetic obesity is rarely clinically identified.

Lifestyle Habits

There are many lifestyle aspects that can negatively affect your weight. Hectic and stressful lifestyles, lack of routine physical exercise and lack of sleep can all contribute to obesity. Choosing to eat out, order take-out and purchase food from vending machines encourages the consumption of larger meals, foods high in fat and foods lower in nutritional value. Plus, spending significant amounts of time using electronic-based entertainment (i.e. TV, video games, computers, phones/tablets, etc.) results in the enjoyment of more stationary activities.

Medical Conditions

There are several illnesses that are associated with, and may lead to, weight gain. These include:

  • Hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Learn more about Hypothyroidism from the National Institute of Health.
  • Cushing’s syndrome (or hypercortisolism) – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Learn more about Cushing’s syndrome from the National Institute of Health.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone is needed to manage metabolism. Metabolism converts the fuel from food into energy. A lower metabolic rate can result in fatigue, weight gain and depression. Learn more about PCOS from the National Institute of Health.

Medications

Certain types of drugs — including steroids, antidepressants and medications for psychiatric conditions or seizure disorders — may cause weight gain. These medications can potentially result in a slower metabolism, increased appetite or water retention. If a prescribed medication is causing unwanted weight gain, consult your physician. Learn more about the health issues and diseases that can be brought on by obesity.

Are You Ready for a Change?

Hundreds of obese patients in Phoenix and Mesa are finding new life through the advanced surgical weight loss procedures offered at The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management.* Why not join them? Attend a free bariatric surgery seminar with a board-certified weight loss surgeon in the East Valley.

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