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What makes people overweight?

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People gain weight when the number of calories they eat is more than the number of calories their bodies use. Many factors can play a part in weight gain.

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Habits. Eating too many calories can become a habit. So can choosing activities like watching TV instead of being physically active. Over time, these habits can lead to weight gain.

Genes. Over weight and obesity tend to run in families. Although families often share diet and physical activity habits that can play a role in obesity, their shared genes increase the chance that family members will be overweight.

Illness. Some diseases can lead to weight gain or obesity. These include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome and depression. Talk to your health care provider if you think you have a health problem that could be causing you to gain weight.

Medicine. Some medicines can lead to weight gain. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist about the side effects of any medication you are taking.

The world around you. You can find food and messages about food at home, at work, at shopping centers, on TV and at family and social events. People may eat too much just because food is always there. On top of that, our modern world -- with remote controlled televisions, drive-in banks and escalators -- makes it easy to be physically inactive.

Emotions and/or Stress. Many people eat when they are bored, sad, angry or stressed, even when they are not hungry. Although you may not be able to control all the factors that lead to overweight, you can change your eating and physical activity habits.

Excess stress may lead to high cortisol levels that stimulate the appetite, leading to weight gain or a difficulty losing unwanted pounds. Relora is a much less expensive alternative to popular diet pills and has been proven to reduce cortisol levels. Clinical studies show Relora to be safe with little or no side effects.

Resources: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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