Obesity and root causes
Ø Unhealthy Food Choices: Eating fast or processed food instead of fruits, vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread and brown rice. Drinking too much alcohol causes obesity as it contains a lot of calories, heavy drinkers are often overweight.
Ø Lack of exercise and physical activity: Many people have jobs which involves them to sit at desk most of the day. They also have a tendency to rely on their cars instead of walking, or cycling. An inactive lifestyle also raises risk for diabetes, coronary heart disease, colon cancer, high blood pressure and other health problems.
Ø Emotional Factors: Many people eat more than usual when feel depressed or have a low self-esteem or when they are bored, angry, or stressed. Over time, this overeating leads to weight gain and causes overweight or obesity.
Ø Genetics: There are some rare genetic conditions such as Prader-Willi syndrome, causes obesity.
Ø Medicines: Medicines also cause weight gain. Some of these medicines include corticosteroids, antidepressants, and seizure medicines which often slows the rate at which body burns calories as well as increases appetite and causes the body to hold water.