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Surprising Causes Of Obesity

Thursday, October 15, 2020

 

Whether they are overweight or not, most people will have the same idea about what causes obesity. If you overeat the wrong foods and don’t exercise enough, you will put on weight, and if this continues to happen, you will become obese.

Although this is one cause of obesity, it’s certainly not the only one. There are many others, and some of them might come as a surprise to you. If you’ve ever found that you just can’t seem to lose weight no matter what you do, and you needed a gastric sleeve revision performed by experts, the reason behind it all might be listed below.

Slow Metabolism

People have been saying their slow metabolism makes it hard to lose weight for a long time now, but whether they really meant it or not, we just don’t know. They may have been right, though; having a slow metabolism really can affect how quickly – and how easily – we can lose weight.

If you know someone who seems to be able to eat anything they want to and never get overweight from it, they are likely to have a fast metabolism. Those with slow metabolisms can eat very healthily but still find it hard to lose the weight they have put on. Your metabolism is essentially the speed at which your body can break your food down and then convert it into energy. The longer this takes, the more of it is unused and therefore stored as fat instead.

Slow metabolisms can be inherited, it can be caused by illness, some medications cause the metabolism to slow, and once you are over 40 it will slow down too.

 

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Medical Conditions
Some medical conditions make it much harder to lose weight and will therefore cause obesity. Some of these are obvious, such as anything that means you can’t exercise very much. Others are known for causing other problems, but the propensity for obesity will be there in the results too.

Some of the conditions that cause people to put on weight include:
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Hypothyroidism
Cushing’s syndrome (this occurs when the body has too much of the hormone cortisol, also known as the stress hormone)
Syndrome X
Prader-Willi syndrome
Growth hormone deficiency
Bulimia nervosa
Frohlich’s syndrome

The problem here is that if you suffer from a condition that makes it hard to lose weight, your obesity levels are out of your control. The best thing to do is ensure you are diagnosed sooner rather than later because curing the condition or getting under control can help.

The Psychological Factor

Some people overeat due to an emotional or psychological response. They might be depressed, lonely, sad, stressed, bored, angry, or be suffering from low self-esteem, for example. By eating and feeling comforted because the food releases endorphins in the body, or perhaps because it brings back memories of happier times, a habit is formed. Every time something bad happens, food becomes the coping mechanism used.

Speaking to someone about your underlying emotional issues and working out a way to cope with them is the only way to prevent this binge eating cycle from continuing.




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