The number of overweight men, women and children are increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world; especially in more developed countries. In general, men usually start to gain excess fat in their thirties, while women don’t gain excess fat usually until they’re in their forties. In fact, more often than not, its the younger women who are often considered more underweight rather than overweight. With all that in mind, there are several people looking for diets specifically catered towards gaining weight rather than losing it.

As far as developed countries are concerned, it is arguably the United States that experiences the highest rate of obesity among its population - young and old alike, Australia is not far benind.

Following are the causes of gaining weight.

  1. Eating too much unhealthy foods including foods containing sugar, salt and fats.
  2. More intake of calories than you burn.
  3. Medical conditions such as
    1. Hypothyroidism
    2. Food sensitivity
    3. Essential fatty acid deficiency
    4. Food sensitivity
    5. Excess cortisol hormone
    6. Kidney, liver or heart disease
    7. Blood Sugar Imbalance
    8. Stress and emotional eating
    9. Some medication such as Hormone replacement therapy and some oral contraceptives.

    Risks of Obesity & Weight Gain

    Obesity and overweight are linked to several health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or high blood sugar levels. Low calorie foods can reduce body fat and eliminate the health risks associated with obesity and overweight.

    The main health risks are

    • Heart disease

    • Stroke

    • High Blood Pressure

    • Diabetes

    • Cancer

    • Gout

    • Gallbladder disease and Gallstones

    • Sleep Apnea and Breathing Problem

    • Hyperthyroidism

    These health risks can be avoided by adopting to a sensible healthy diet, a daily exercise program and keeping a healthy weight.

    The treatment of overweight and obesity is important for those people who are suffering from diabetes, arthritis, heart diseases, back pain, etc. If you remain physically active and burn some calories daily and eat low fat foods, then you can treat your problem.

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