Beauty and Brains Obesity willpowerObesity is one of the biggest health problems in the world. It travels with various other diseases, which combined kill millions of people per year. These diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, dementia and various others.

Obesity and Willpower

In the discussions about weight gain and obesity, many people seem to think that it is purely a function of willpower. In my opinion, that idea is ridiculous. I do agree that whether we gain weight (or not) is a result of behavior, in this case eating behavior. If we eat more than we burn, we gain weight. If we eat less and exercise, then we lose. However... human behavior is complex. It is driven by various biological factors like genetics, hormones and neural circuits. Eating behavior, just like sexual behavior and sleeping behavior, is driven by biological processes. Saying that behavior is simply a function of willpower is way too simplistic. It doesn't take into account all the other factors that ultimately determine what we do and when we do it. Most people's willpower crumbles under the force of other signals, both internal and external.

Here are 10 factors that I believe are leading causes of weight gain, obesity and metabolic disease, that really have nothing to do with willpower.

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If you find yourself trying to follow a complicated diet to lose weight or giving up the foods you love, you’re likely to give up and go back to your regular habits because they're easier.

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