What Causes Morbid Obesity?


Medical research has proven that morbid obesity is not simply caused by lack of willpower. While excess caloric intake and lack of exercise are key contributors, other factors are involved in this complex, chronic disease, including:

  • Genetics
  • Metabolism
  • Individual psychology and behavior
  • Social and cultural environment

Risk Factors Associated with Morbid Obesity

Medical conditions commonly resulting from untreated morbid obesity include:

  • Diabetes 
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart disease 
  • Stroke 
  • Certain cancers 
  • Depression
  • Degenerative arthritis.
  • High cholesterol/triglycerides
  • Stress incontinence 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Menstrual irregularities and infertility
  • Premature death

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