Working with a health care team may be what’s been missing. Four in 10 adults have tried to lose weight at some point by restricting calories and/or increasing physical activity alone. Weight should be managed with your health care provider.
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Factors that influence weight
In this video, Dr. Robert Kushner explains some factors that influence weight management.
You know one of the most common misbeliefs about obesity is that it’s a problem of will power and moral failure and indeed that is the farthest from the truth, it turns out that obesity is considered a chronic disease with multiple determinants such as genetics, biology, heritage, behaviors such as: what you eat and how you move your body around and your culture. It’s also a “tug of war” between what you eat and what you burn and changes in metabolism as you lose weight. People can lose weight short term by changing their behavior, but the problems of obesity is that there is a change in metabolism, people tend to get hungrier and burn less calories. That’s why we think of it as a chronic long-term disease.
I hope that perspective and understanding helps you realize that you would benefit from additional support and resources to help manage your weight.
Dr. Kushner provided input into the content of this material and was compensated for his time.
When someone has obesity, there are changes that impact the way the body deals with hunger and how it burns calories. Environment, genetics, certain medications, and other factors may all contribute to excess weight.
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