Exploring the Complex Causes of Obesity

At one time, doctors believed that obesity was a simple matter of people eating more calories than they burned. Now, the medical community is recognizing the complexity of obesity and how many more factors could be at play than overconsumption of calories. In this video, a surgeon from the bariatric weight loss surgery team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas discusses some of the factors that contribute to obesity. Here is a closer look at a few of the obesity contributors he discusses.

Family History

Researchers have discovered that there is a gene that is related to obesity. That means if obesity runs in your family and you have the gene, you are more likely to become obese as well. Although having the gene does not mean that you will definitely become obese and require bariatric weight loss surgery, it does mean that you may need to pay closer attention to your diet to maintain a healthy weight than someone who does not have this genetic predisposition. September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a good time to discuss healthy eating habits with your kids, especially if obesity is part of your family medical history.

Thyroid Disease

Your thyroid gland releases hormones that are responsible for your metabolic function. When your thyroid gland is underactive – meaning that it does not produce enough hormones – then your metabolism slows down and weight gain is likely. By taking medications, people who gained weight because of thyroid disease can often begin to lose weight successfully.

Type of Job

People who work in sedentary jobs are more likely to gain weight than those whose jobs require a lot of moving around. Stressful work days and long hours can also lead to overeating and eating convenience food, which is often higher in calories. To be successful with weight loss surgery, people with sedentary jobs must be willing and able to commit to adding more activity into their days.

The bariatric weight loss surgery program in Las Vegas at MountainView Hospital helps morbidly obese patients achieve the weight loss they haven’t been able to attain through diet and exercise alone. Identifying and addressing problems that are contributing to weight gain is part of each patient’s treatment plan. To learn more about bariatrics at MountainView Hospital, please call (702) 233-5300.

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