Causes of Obesity

Obesity prevalence in the U.S.
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Obesity is a complex health issue to address. Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical inactivity, medication use, and other exposures.

Obesity is a serious concern because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Science now shows what many of us have long suspected: after losing weight, your body tries to put it back on.

For up to 12 months after weight loss, your body turns up the signals that trigger appetite, which can potentially cause overeating.

Healthy eating and physical activity are important, but may not be enough. No wonder it can be such a challenge to maintain your weight.

What helps to determine your body weight?

Factors that determine body weight

After weight loss, the body keeps trying to regain the weight. Sometimes for 12 months or more.

Knowing that these changes may last a year is news to many people. It is changing how the medical community approaches weight loss and weight management.

That's why now is a great time to have a new conversation with your health care professional about your weight.

The complex factors that play into weight management are changing how the medical community approaches weight.

When you think about your health, weight is important. It´s worth having regular conversations with your health care professional about it, just as you would about other conditions or concerns.