What Causes Obesity? Causes, Complications, and Treatment

What Causes Obesity? Causes, Complications, and Treatment

Obesity is on the rise every year. From 1999 to 2018, the obesity rate in America climbed from 30.5% to 42.4%. To reverse this trend, it’s essential to understand how obesity happens, the complications, and how to cultivate a healthy lifestyle with Lap-Band® surgery.

Identifying the Causes of Obesity

There are several causes of obesity, resulting in millions of Americans being affected. Understanding the various causes of obesity isn’t as simple as it might seem. Numerous contributing factors work in tandem to make obesity so prevalent. 

Unhealthy Diet 

An unhealthy diet is one of the most prevalent causes of obesity. An unhealthy diet often results from improper education about food. Lack of education regarding portion size, satiety and nutrition, and cultivating unhealthy food choices can be detrimental to our health.  

Social & Economic Issues 

Multiple social and economic issues can impact obesity. Poverty and inaccessibility to healthy options while providing cheaper, high calorie, and poor quality food options can increase the likelihood of people becoming obese.

Type 2 Diabetes 

You might think that type 2 diabetes is a byproduct of obesity, but the two have a much more complex relationship. You can acquire type 2 diabetes while not being overweight. This condition, however, nearly always leads to weight gain and obesity if not properly controlled. 

The Consequences of Obesity

There are multiple consequences of obesity, all of which can lead to life-long conditions that affect your health. People who experience obesity are at a higher risk for heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea, mental illness, osteoarthritis, and many forms of cancer.

Seeking Treatment with Lap-Band

The Lap-Band® is an excellent solution for those looking for an effective weight-loss solution. The Lap-Band procedure places a fully adjustable band around a portion of the stomach,  reducing the amount of food you can intake. Lap-Band patients experience weight loss after recovering and as the tools helps them establish new patterns of behavior. However, our Lap-Band Program doesn’t stop after surgery; your team will also work with you to establish healthy eating and exercise habits.

If you’re struggling with obesity, register for our online seminar to learn more about this procedure and how it can help you reach the milestones in your weight-loss journey.