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Health Tip: Why Am I Overweight?

(HealthDay News) -- Eating too much is an obvious factor for being overweight, but it's not the only one.

The Weight-control Information Network explains these additional factors for being overweight:

  • Consuming more calories than you burn.

  • Having an environment rich in unhealthy food choices, conveniences that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle and lack of access to safe exercise.

  • Having certain genetic patterns and family eating habits.

  • Taking certain medications, such as steroids.

  • Being an emotional eater and turning to food when you feel stressed, sad, angry or bored.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 4/28/2014
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