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January 7, 2010 – Vol. 4 • No. 5
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Causes of obesity

There’s usually not one cause of obesity.
Multiple factors may interact and contribute to the condition.


• Lack of exercise

• Eating more calories than the body requires

• High-fat, high-calorie diet

• Emotional or psychological factors, such as stress ,depression, or low self-esteem

• Environment – demanding work schedules, easy access to inexpensive high-calorie processed food, high cost of gym membership

• Family history – families share diet and lifestyle habits

• Medications, such as some antidepressants

• Certain medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder

• Culture – food choices and preparation, family gatherings

• Gender and race – more common in women and blacks and Hispanics