Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 730–732 | Cite as

Causes of obesity

  • Suzanne M. Wright
  • Louis J. AronneEmail author


The prevalence of obesity has been rising steadily over the last several decades and is currently at unprecedented levels: more than 68% of US adults are considered overweight, and 35% are obese (Flegal et al., JAMA 303:235–241, 2010). This increase has occurred across every age, sex, race, and smoking status, and data indicate that segments of individuals in the highest weight categories (i.e., BMI > 40 kg/m2) have increased proportionately more than those in lower BMI categories (BMI < 35 kg/m2). The dramatic rise in obesity has also occurred in many other countries, and the causes of this increase are not fully understood (Hill and Melanson, Med Sci Sports Exerc 31:S515–S521, 1999).


Obesity Etiology Weight management Causes of obesity Bariatric surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Comprehensive Weight Control ProgramWeill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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