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The Causes of Obesity
By Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M.
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.
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