Obesity Risk Factors: Knowing What to Avoid If Possible

March 17, 2018 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Obesity Risk Factors

A woman holding her stomachAmericans of all ages are facing an obesity epidemic, which helps explain the rise in popularity of bariatric surgery. These surgical weight loss options can help you achieve a much healthier body mass. Many people in San Diego, CA come to our practice to learn more about their surgical weight loss options.

While weight loss surgery is helpful, knowing the risk factors that contribute to obesity can help you avoid the need for surgery. Let’s take a moment to consider the most common factors that cause or contribute to obesity and morbid obesity.

Genetics and Family History

Your parents and grandparents determine a lot about your values and personality. They can even affect your body mass. Genetics is a major component of obesity. If your parents were overweight or obese, you are more like to be overweight or obese as well.

Poor Diet

Processed foods, junk food, unnecessary sugar, and excessive calorie consumption are all common problems people face in their daily diet. These issues can contribute to a heightened risk for obesity. Try to avoid consuming excessive sugar and process foods. Instead, try to eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, with a focus on healthy and nourishing whole foods.

Sedentary Lifestyle

If you aren’t exercising regularly or staying active, you aren’t burning extra calories. If you lead sedentary lifestyle or have a job that keeps you seated and inactive for long stretches of time, try to incorporate more activity into your life. Go for more walks during the week, and try to workout a few times as well. Over time, this can make a major difference to your weight and overall wellness.

Medical Conditions

Weight gain is associated with a number of medical conditions, such as Cushing's syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, hypothyroidism, and clinical depression. Addressing the medical condition itself can help a person lose weight and improve their general wellness.

Medication Side Effects

All medications have some side effects, and weight gain may be one of them. The following types of drugs are often linked to weight gain among users:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Beta blockers
  • Diabetes medications
  • Steroids

Changes with Age

As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, making it much harder for you to lose weight. The loss of muscle mass can also lead to issues with weight management as you grow older, While some weight gain is relatively normal for people once they reach middle age, obesity is less likely. That said, age can be a contributing factors to problems with natural weight loss.

Poor Sleeping Habits

A full night’s sleep does wonders for your health and wellness. If you are not getting enough sleep, it can have a negative impact on your weight. People who don’t get enough sleep may experience cravings for fattening foods as their body tries to compensate for a lack of rest.

Socioeconomic Factors

We’d be remiss if we didn’t consider the socioeconomic factors that contribute to obesity. Studies have found that people who grow up or live in low-income areas are more likely to suffer from obesity. This may be linked to a lack of access to healthy eating options as well as a lack of information on healthier diet options and proper exercise.

Learn More About Your Weight Loss Options

For more information about treating obesity and improving your overall health and wellness, contact the team at LIMARP® for a consultation. We will work with your to develop a sensible solution to your issues with obesity.

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