Causes of Obesity

Social "Causes" of Obesity

Social factors, such as poverty and a lower level of education, have also been linked to obesity. One reason for this may be that high-calorie, processed foods cost less and are easier to find and prepare than healthier foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Other reasons may include inadequate access to safe recreational places or the cost of gym memberships, limiting opportunities for physical activity. However, the link between low socioeconomic status and obesity has not been conclusively established, and recent obesity research shows that obesity is also increasing among high-income groups.

Medical Conditions That Can "Cause" Obesity

Some medical conditions may lead to or are associated with weight gain or obesity. Some of these conditions include:
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. It often results in a lower metabolic rate and loss of vigor.
Cushing's Syndrome
Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone cortisol. The symptoms of this condition vary, but most people have:
  • Upper body obesity
  • A rounded face
  • Increased fat around the neck
  • Thinning arms and legs.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS for short, is a condition characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormone), irregular or missed menstrual cycles, and, in some cases, multiple small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) on the ovaries.
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