When we eat more calories than we burn, our bodies store this extra energy as fat. While a few extra pounds may not seem like a big deal, they can increase your chances of having high blood pressure and high blood sugar ...1

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Symptoms of Overweight

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Overweight and Obesity? Weight gain usually happens over time. Most people know when they've gained weight. Some of the signs of overweight or obesity include:

  • Clothes feeling tight and needing a larger ...
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Complications of Overweight

What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity? Being overweight or obese isn't a cosmetic problem. These conditions greatly raise your risk for other health problems. Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Adults Coronary Heart Disease As your ...2

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Causes of Overweight

Energy Balance: Energy balance is important for maintaining a healthy weight. The amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks (energy IN) is balanced with the energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active ...3

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Causes List for Overweight

Some possible causes of Overweight or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Overweight

Some types of this condition may include:5 Types of Overweight:

  • Childhood Overweight
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Diagnosis of Overweight

Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk: Assessment of weight and health risk involves using three key measures:

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is a useful ...6

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Genetics of Overweight

Genetics: Some people claim there's no point trying to lose weight because "it runs in my family" or "it's in my genes". While there are some rare genetic conditions that can cause obesity, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, there's no ...7

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Risk Factors for Overweight

Risk Factors for Health Topics Associated With Obesity: Along with being overweight or obese, the following conditions will put you at greater risk for heart disease and other conditions: Risk Factors

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Treatments: Overweight

Control Your Weight: Changing the way you approach weight loss can help you be more successful at weight management. Most people who are trying to lose weight focus on just the goal of weight loss. However, setting the right goals ...8

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Prevention of Overweight

How Can Overweight and Obesity Be Prevented? Following a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent overweight and obesity. Many lifestyle habits begin during childhood. Thus, parents and families should encourage their children to make healthy choices, such as following a ...9

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Research for Overweight

To examine the link between diet drinks and calories, NIH-funded scientists looked at data on nearly 24,000 adults. The researchers found that about 10% of healthy-weight adults drank diet beverages, compared to about 20% of over-weight ...10

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ health-topics/ weight-control/ understanding/ Pages/ understanding-adult-overweight-and-obesity.aspx
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ obe/ risks
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ risk.htm
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ obesity/ causes/ 
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ control.htm
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ obe/ prevention
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ capsule1

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