Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Causes of Obesity and Weight Gain

You already know that obesity is a condition with physiological, metabolic,genetic, and social components.Because the causes are many and varied, obesity is difficult to treat and many require the guidance of a variety of professionals.About 30 percent of obese individuals also suffer from binge eating disorder.Binge eating disorder involves consuming excessively large amounts of food in a short period of time. However, individuals with binge eating disorder do not engage in any type of purging behavior.Obesity increases a client's risk of several health conditions such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea.We're going to talk more about eating disorders later in this lesson, but for now let's talk about why people put on weight.There are several reasons why people gain weight, and not all weight gain stems purely from eating too much.Certain endocrine and metabolic problems such as thyroid disorders and diabetes can contribute to weight gain.Therefore it is helpful to have a qualified physician rule out medical causes of weight gain prior to having a client Begin a fitness program.

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