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tal123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM via web

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What do you think causes obesity?

what does it mean?

I have read that its a digestive disorder....is it?

then what are the reasons.??

even some persons rather they eat so much but they do work equal to nullify that much fats. Then why they become obese?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM (Answer #2)

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There's a lot of debate about what exactly causes people to be obese.  It seems very clear that there is a genetic aspect to it.  However, it is also clearly tied to behavior since people around the world have been getting fatter lately.  Their genetics can't have changed so it must be behavioral.

For your last point, it's really hard to actually work off a large number of calories.  If people are really eating a lot, they can't typically do enough exercise to offset everything they eat.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:03 AM (Answer #3)

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Official definitions of obesity are tied to body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. A BMI of over 30 is considered obese by the World Health Organization. Obesity, like other medical conditions, can be tied to many different causes or a combination of them. Many people are genetically predisposed to obesity, others can have eating or metabolic disorders that may lead to increased weight gain, and obviously lifestyles can lead to weight gain as well.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 18, 2012 at 3:11 AM (Answer #4)

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Obesity is not a disorder, technically, but more like a ratio of fat to height. Obesity can be caused by gastric disorders, glandular disorders, etc. For people who do suffer from such disorders maintaining body weight can be a complex challenge. It isn't always as easy as exercising a little more or avoiding certain foods.

In general, staying active and eating healthy foods can combat obesity. Many people follow these very broad "guidelines" and find a happy balance that suits them.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 18, 2012 at 5:56 AM (Answer #5)

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I have always had a problem with my weight. My sister on the other hand has no problem with weight. She and I go to a restuarant and eat the same amount. I gain weight, but she does not. She actually eats more than I do. She eats desserts and I do not. It must have something to do with genetics because she takes after my mother's family. She is blond and fair like my mother's family. I take after my father's mother who also had a weight problem. I am dark haired and shaped like my father's grandmother. I do believe you can inherit weight problems.

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM (Answer #6)

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I have always had a problem with my weight. My sister on the other hand has no problem with weight. She and I go to a restuarant and eat the same amount. I gain weight, but she does not. She actually eats more than I do. She eats desserts and I do not. It must have something to do with genetics because she takes after my mother's family. She is blond and fair like my mother's family. I take after my father's mother who also had a weight problem. I am dark haired and shaped like my father's grandmother. I do believe you can inherit weight problems.

true...but everyone is different and unique..everyone is differently shaped and their body reacts differently and yeah it can be through genetics ;) 

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siret | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM (Answer #7)

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Some people tend to have a slower metabolism rate as compared to others, so even though they eat the same amount of food the are more likely to become obease

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Answer #8)

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I have long had a problem being overweight, as did my mother. However, my father weighed less than 150 pounds all his life, and both of my grandmothers barely weighed 100 pounds, so I'm not so sure about the genetic aspects of obesity. I can tell you that as a Southerner, my family ate a great deal of deep fried foods on a daily basis, and we usually had dessert for most meals, so our diet was far from perfect. I have lost about 130 pounds from my highest weight, and it came from a willingness to lose: counting calories, eating more healthily, exercising regularly, and saying no to foods that you may desire but should not eat.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:50 AM (Answer #9)

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We don't really know definitively what causes obesity.  We do know there is a genetic component and that it often runs in families.  We also know that people in general are not as active as we once were.  Many of us live sedentary lifestyles and have little exercise.  Previous generations had much more physical activity each day than we do.  Some people do have disorders which contribute to obesity.  For example, there are disorders of the pituitary gland which can cause weight issues unrelated to diet and exercise.  Usually, obesity is caused by consuming too many calories for the person's particular metabolism and exercise level.  This doesn't necessarily mean they sit around eating all day.  A person will a naturally slow metabolism that does not get much exercise could quickly become obese.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM (Answer #10)

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Obesity can be tied to specific disorders. It is definitely possible for digestive disorders to contribute to obesity, because your body does not digest food as it should. Obesity can also be behavioral, because some people eat for other reasons and eat too much. There are also hormonal issues. Thyroid problems can cause obesity or at least contribute to it. An obese person should consult s physician and undergo all tests to see what causes it.
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tal123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM (Answer #11)

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Is it related to food poisoning or botulation?

 

 

 

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lnj100 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM (Answer #12)

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Obese:Well above ones normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20 percent over their ideal weight. That ideal weight must take into account the person's height, age, sex, and build.

Obesity has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) as a BMI of 30 and above. (A BMI of 30 is about 30 pounds overweight.) The BMI (body mass index), a key index for relating body weight to height, is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m)squared. Since the BMI describes the body weight relative to height, it correlates strongly (in adults) with the total body fatcontent. Some very muscular people may have a high BMI without undue health risks.

Obesity is often multifactorial, based on both genetic and behavioral factors. Accordingly, treatment of obesity usually requires more than just dietary changes. Exercise, counseling and support, and sometimes medication can supplement diet to help patients conquer weight problems. Extreme diets, on the other hand, can actually contribute to increased obesity.

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start | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM (Answer #13)

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Obesity can be caused by a number of reasons: hormones, health problems, emotions, love (of food) and at times genes. Health problems, like thyroid. Emotions, people after a loss of somebody in their lives tend to be depressd and go to food for comfort. Love, as it is, people just love having food in their mouths as it makes them feel good. And genes, that's nature's creation.

Regarding this question: even some persons rather they eat so much but they do work equal to nullify that much fats. Then why they become obese?

This ^ suits hormones, when some people eat some kind of food, for example fruits, they gain weight automatically. Its a weird thing, but doctors do say that these things happen with some people. So if the person never come to know that some food makes her/him fat, they'll keep on eating it and gain weight accordingly.

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bernsb | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM (Answer #15)

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Mc Donalds!!!!!!!!!!

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ajprincess | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM (Answer #16)

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Obesity is caused due to accumulation of fat cells in the inner surface of da skin ................ it can ... maybe due to digestive disorders also..............

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francy17 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM (Answer #17)

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Well there are the people who honestly have the eating disorders in this case it is not there fault for there weight. However, Most of the over weight people I know are that way because they outright hate exercises. Also laziness is encouraged by our society with all the video games, TV, computers. Children nowadays would rather sit around rather than go outside. And the things in our food – fast food and junk food, all contribute to an over weight unhealthy generation. Some just don’t have a balanced way of life.

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ozzie18 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM (Answer #19)

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In reply to #1: I would say strees because it causes so many problems with your health.
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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM (Answer #20)

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laziness, over eating and unhealthy eating especially causes obesity.

sometimes people get overweight due to medications as well.

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