Healthy Tip Tuesday- Risk Factors for Obesity

How much does genetics play a role in long term goals of weight loss? Read on to learn more about potential risk factors related to obesity.

This week’s Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Hospital Twin City.

Ohio ranks 14th for being the most overweight and obese state in the country. This is a very unsettling statistic, especially in a climate where being overweight is a risk factor for COVID-19 concerns. One can find a more detailed breakdown here for adults by state.

So, what are some of the risk factors that contribute to obesity?

  • Genetic make up
  • Lifestyle

Many of us can look at our relatives and believe we have a bright future or an uphill battle with weight loss due to our genes. The CDC shares that while genetic makeup is a contributing factor in weight gain and weight-related diseases, there is no guarantee. We may be predisposed to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Genes are not destiny. There is much more at stake than just what we are made up of.

Our lifestyle is just as important. As children, we have very little control over what we eat, how often we eat, and the promotion of exercise. However, as we get older, we can begin to define those ourselves. Eating fruits and vegetable amounts and exercising the appropriate amount for your age, which you can find here. Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) is also a good indicator to help you stay on track with your weight, as well as regularly seeing your primary care physician. As we work to maintain healthy habits, decreasing the risk for an obese lifestyle will come naturally regardless of our genetic makeup.

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