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Poor nutrition (constantly consuming "junk" food), lack of physical activity, genes, slow metabolism (your body is inefficient in dealing with food that is consumed), and socioeconomic status (an individual's or family's relative economic and social ranking) are all potential causes of obesity. Obesity is a disorder which refers to having an increased body fat. Obesity is also referred to as being extremely overweight. But a person can be overweight without being obese. For example, a 250 pound, 6 foot tall linebacker may be overweight according to ordinary standards but can have a below- average amount of body fat. Even though there are many causes and side effects, there are also many ways to prevent, cure and treat obesity. There isn't one single cause for obesity, depending on the person obesity can be caused by physical or emotional problems, that occurs and they are somehow forced or "tricked" into obtaining unhealthy standards; "The number of Canadians who are overweight or obese has increased dramatically over the past 25 years.

Obesity is a risk factor in a number of chronic diseases. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce the risk of those diseases and improve overall health." (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/life-vie/obes_e.html) This quote from the Canadian government explains to us that obesity is a modern day problem which risk factors' and popularity has increased rapidly over the past few years. It also explains that it is important to maintain a healthy weight in order to reduce the risk of disease or even more serious; death. It isn't easy for someone with obesity because people and/ or the media will look and treat them differently or criticize them just because of their physical appearances. (They fail to realize that we are all different and unique, it's what's inside that matters the...