Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Current Treatment Benefits

Why do people, in fact, become overweight? Although no one can argue the fact that it boils down to consuming more calories than what a person needs for basic existence, it is a very complex issue. There are approximately 45 different mechanisms in the human body that help regulate body weight. We’ve boiled it down to the above areas of influence on body weight. How strongly each of these influence one’s weight control mechanisms will determine how much we will weigh.

Along with this, we have unfortunately some long held beliefs in America about why some people are overweight. I have labeled these as “common myths in America” regarding the cause of obesity. As you read the following I believe you will agree that these are underlying thoughts that we’re led to believe in America.

One of my goals is to help people understand the facts regarding overweight conditions. Being overweight is a medical condition very much like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. There are genetic and environmental influences that vary from person to person for all of these conditions. Furthermore, there is a great variation from person to person regarding how much of each condition they might have. In other words, nearly everyone would benefit from having a few pounds off, having a lower blood pressure, lowering their cholesterol, etc. Perhaps the biggest difference between being overweight and these other conditions is that being overweight SHOWS! …

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Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M. is a nutrition & weight loss specialist and the Founder & Medical Director of the Center for Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, P.A.

Dr. Tague is an Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Tulane. Dr. Tague is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. His medical practice has focused on optimum health, nutrition, and weight loss since 1996.

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