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10 Factors Linked to Rise in Obesity

Study finds other factors (besides overeating and getting too little exercise) that could contribute to America's high obesity rates.

  • Sleep deprivation boosts hunger
  • Pollution and chemicals can disrupt hormones
  • Widespread heating and airconditioning use, which prevents the maximum burning of calories
  • Use of some medications shown to increase weight
  • An aging population prone to obesity
  • Decreased smoking rates
  • Older women bearing children increases the risk of overweight offspring
  • Our ancestry
  • Higher fertility among slightly overweight women
  • Opposites don't attract when it comes to mating—individuals tend to reproduce with people of a similar body type.

Source: Dr. David Allison; International Journal of Obesity


According to a recent study printed in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, "Increasing total calcium intake, in the form of calcium supplementation, may be beneficial to weight maintenance, especially in women during midlife."

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