Factors of Obesity




Family background is a factor of obesity. Dr. Manuel Torres, Family Medicine Physician at Baptist Health Primary Care, says there are micro environment and a macro environment influencing what we weigh and there are mono genetic causes for obesity, but those are not the majority of cases.

“In the majority of cases, the obesity is accumulated over time. It’s lifelong influences in your culture, in your food habits, in the way that you were taught to eat, in how our culture has developed socially and how we live our lives and have decreasing levels of mobility and energy expenditure as we’ve gotten older,” he explains.

Metabolism, age, sleep and medicines are also factors that can affect your weight.

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