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Causes of Morbid Obesity

Obesity is not simply a result of overeating. In many cases there are significant, underlying causes that may be genetic, environmental, metabolic and/or psychological in nature.

Genetic Factors

Your genes play an important role in determining your ability to burn calories and how your body uses and stores fat. Just as some genes determine eye color or height, others affect our appetite, our ability to feel full or satisfied, our metabolism, our fat-storing ability and even our natural activity levels.

Environmental Factors

Daily habits that have developed over a period of time in response to your culture can play a role in weight management. These include a more sedentary lifestyle caused by greater dependence on automobiles, television, computers and at-home entertainment. The consumption of high-calorie, high-fat foods chosen for convenience, affordability and busy lifestyles may also be a contributor.

Medical Conditions

Medical conditions such as hyporthyroidism, metabolic issues, Cushings Disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome can contribute to obesity. Your surgeon will schedule a battery of tests to help discover any underlying medical issues that may need to be addressed prior to surgery.

Psychological Disorders

For some, excessive eating is a psychological response to trauma or other emotional issues. There is also a demonstrated link between depression and obesity. For individuals with a diagnosed eating disorder, weight-loss surgery is not a cure. Your surgeon will talk to you about the psychology of obesity to make sure weight-loss surgery is the right choice for you.

Examining the Causes of Obesity

Watch this video to learn about the biology behind obesity and why it’s important to take an active role in dealing with obesity now. Gain an understanding of how sleep, activity levels, the modern Western diet and stress play roles in the disease of obesity.