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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 3

Factors Contributing to Overweight and Obesity

As described in the previous chapter, the epidemic of overweight and obesity has escalated over the past several decades, yet a single cause of obesity has never been elucidated. In reality, there is probably no single cause of this epidemic. Instead, it is widely accepted that the obesity epidemic has arisen from a myriad of contributing factors, including those which originate at the individual, interpersonal, and environmental levels. Using a socioecological model as the guiding framework, this chapter will describe these contributing factors and will explain how these factors relate to the accumulation of excessive weight.

Individual-Level Factors

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