In the United States, obesity in men has increased by around 200 percent during the last 25 years alone. And, it is a leading cause of death. Over 70 percent of men over the age of 20 were found to be overweight by a study many years back, while over 30 percent of men in the same age group were found to be obese. This is a stark contrast to the same study that found results of less than 50 percent and less than 20 percent, respectively. The leading cause of overweight and obesity in men (and women, for that matter) is relatively affordable, delectable but unhealthy fast food.

obesityObesity in men is a cause of diseases that would otherwise be preventable. In the more industrialized countries of the world, the number of people that are overweight or obese has increased exponentially, so the WHO sees obesity as an epidemic. Nearly 70 percent of the American population is either overweight or obese. Around 40 percent and 20 percent of the male population in Canada is overweight and obese, respectively.

The more weight a person has, the more susceptible he is to developing very serious health conditions, including heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder disease, diabetes, and a variety of cancers.

A person becomes obese when his body takes in more calories that it burns. It isn’t simply caused by eating too much while doing far too little exercise. Yes, these two factors can cause obesity, although there are more (often environmental, genetic, social and behavioural) factors that can significantly contribute to increase of weight in a person and probably, eventually, obesity. Obesity is much more complex than many people realize.

In many cases, according to some recent studies, there are genetic factors that can lead to changes in the metabolism of fats and changes in a person’s appetite and eating habits that can eventually lead to excessive weight or obesity. People who have low metabolism, for example, are more likely to gain weight. If such people lead a lifestyle that is unhealthy and not nearly active enough, they are very likely to become obese.

Still, genetics are not the main cause of obesity in men (or women). The more likely causes of obesity include behavioural and environmental factors such as eating way too many calories and not doing any exercise (or doing too little). There are also some psychological factors such as trauma, stress, low self-esteem and guilt that can lead to excessive unhealthy eating and hence weight gain.