Overeating may be a symptom, not a cause, of obesity!

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Malnutrition and insufficient physical activity are known as the most important causes of obesity. As a matter of fact, most of the measures to reduce obesity are based on reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity.

Unrelated factors may play a role in obesity

“Diet and exercise are important factors, but other unrelated factors may also play an important role in obesity.” said Dr. According to Sinan Akkurt, these factors that are often overlooked include insufficient sleep, psychological stress, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances or the use of certain medications. Noting that overeating in such cases is more of a symptom than a cause, Dr. Akkurt stated that some factors can turn into a dead end by affecting each other.

“Stress can increase risk of obesity”

Dr. Akkurt said: “For example, stress can increase the risk of obesity. Obesity can stress people out even more because of the stigma of overweight. Thus, a vicious circle emerges in which stress feeds obesity and obesity feeds stress. In addition, stress can affect sleep quality, which can lead to sleep deprivation, which is another factor in the development of obesity. Similarly, sleep apnea is more common in overweight and obese patients. Here, too, a vicious circle can occur: As you gain weight, sleep apnea can worsen and lead to sleep deprivation, which can lead to further weight gain.”

Stating that it is not enough to say “eat less and move more” to overweight and obese people in this direction, Dr. Sinan Akkurt emphasized the importance of determining the real reasons that lead to overeating.

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