What Are The Causes of Obesity?

Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses causes of obesity.

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Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses causes of obesity.
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Featuring Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 50 seconds

The question of what causes obesity is a difficult one.

It’s not purely one simple factor. There are multiple factors that come together that cause people to gain weight. The first factor is genetic. If you have relatives that are overweight you’re at risk for gaining weight.

And then, your diet, what you’re eating, your lifestyle, exercise are all critical components to bring about weight gain. There are some medical conditions that will predispose to weight gain.

Anything that is affecting your sleep adversely will put you at risk for gaining weight, whether that is a primary sleep disorder, sleep apnea, or an overly busy lifestyle that deprives you of sleep will set the stage for weight gain.

There are a number of specific medical conditions that increase the risk of obesity, and that list will include depression, chronic pain syndromes, sleep disorders, individuals who have limb problems, lower limb problems and you can’t walk or exercise, or in men a specific cause is actually low testosterone, which has been shown to increase the risk of weight gain and, in fact, diabetes.

For those reasons, it’s important to identify if you have one of those specific conditions predisposing to weight gain so you can deal with it specifically in addition to treating diet and lifestyle factors. So, discuss it with your primary care practitioner.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bebb, Endocrinologist, Victoria, BC

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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