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Why Are Some People Overweight?

  1. jamesrk profile image34
    jamesrkposted 5 years ago

    Why Are Some People Overweight?

    Some people just over eat and gain enormous pounds of fat. Can you explain why.

  2. Alphadogg16 profile image90
    Alphadogg16posted 5 years ago

    There are a million reasons. Some people have health issues that perpetuate weight gain. For instance, some Diabetics, or individuals with thyroid conditions can still gain weight even with a healthy diet. Some people have slow metabolisms and still choose to eat unhealthy. More often then not, each individual is in control of their weight. Its a choice, and we all make our own.

  3. Mom Kat profile image80
    Mom Katposted 5 years ago

    Just a few reasons why some people are overweight:

    1 ~ food intake does not match energy output.  If you aren't burning the calories you take in they are stored at fat in the body.

    2 ~ exercise (or lack of). When you exercise or stay active you build muscle and burn fat.  Lack of exercise creates weaker muscles & more fat.

    3 ~ slower metabolism (or burn rate of calories)

    4 ~ diet and food choice. Some foods are empty calories that just beg to be stored in the fat cells of the body, while other foods help to burn fat cells due to them taking more energy to burn than their calorie count offers.

    5. Genetics ~ some people are born with the predisposition to have an extra  layer of insulation.  That is not to say that they must stay this way, only that their body was programmed to store fat effectively and efficiently given their DNA make-up.

    6. Health conditions ~ Thyroid issues, Graves Disease, Crones Disease, Diabetes, and a myriad of others lower the ability of the body to function at it's optimal fat burning level. 

    7. Medications ~ Many, many, many medications or prescriptions people take for illnesses, diseases, or conditions have a side effect of causing weight gain, lower energy levels, lower metabolism, and more; all playing a part in the patient's ability to maintain or keep from gaining weight.

    8. Eating disorders and other mental health disorders or illnesses that cause a person to either over-eat or not care what they look like, or not realize what they look like.  I had many mentally ill clients that did not recognize that they were over-weight.  In their mind they were thin and looked good, which to them meant that they could eat however they wanted and choose not to exercise or follow doctor ordered plans to keep their weight issues under control.

    Alright, well, I'll stop there... I think that's a good start.  Hope this helps shed some light on the issue for you.

  4. okwomenshealthjh profile image59
    okwomenshealthjhposted 5 years ago

    Own home cooking, like to put some of the sauce, baked pastries will put a lot of butter, eggs, chocolate truffles, a great dessert consumption, heat beverages, coffee milk, juice cola are high-calorie http://www.okwomenshealth.com/

  5. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 5 years ago

    Over eating is often the result of boredom, stress or food cravings.  Someone I know weighs 100 pounds more than me even though I eat a lot more than him.  In fact I eat more than a lot of people that weigh more than me.  That is because I exercise a lot.  My body needs more food.  However I have noticed regular exercise reduces my junk food cravings.  I eat more but I do not eat very much dessert or junk food.  The person I mentioned does not eat very much food but he is not very active and he does eat more dessert than a person should.

    Some people just over eat and gain enormous pounds of fat because they are not active enough.  The lack of activity causes them to eat out of boredom and it causes junk food cravings.  Stress can also cause them to eat more.  The lack of energy and increased weight that results from not being active makes it harder for them to get up and move.  My eating habits are better when I am active and when I am active I burn a lot more calories.  If I don't stay active enough I become fatter.

  6. personaltraining profile image52
    personaltrainingposted 5 years ago

    bottom line: inappropriate nutrition habits.