Obesity is one of the rapid and biggest health problems in the world.
It’s associated with several related conditions, collectively known as metabolic syndrome. These include high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, poor blood lipid profile, and many more.
People with metabolic syndrome are at a much higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, compared to those whose weight is in a normal range.
Over the past decades, much research has focused on the causes of obesity and how it could be prevented or treated.
Many people seem to think that obesity is caused by a lack of willpower.
Although weight gain is largely a result of eating behavior and lifestyle, some people are at a disadvantage when it comes to controlling their eating habits.
The thing is, overeating is driven by various biological factors like genetics and hormones. Certain people are simply predisposed to gaining weight.
Of course, people can overcome their genetic disadvantages by changing their lifestyles and behavior. Lifestyle changes require willpower, dedication, and perseverance.
Nevertheless, claims that behavior is purely a function of willpower are far too simplistic.