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Risk Factors for Obesity Among Adults

Risk Factors

Genetics, family history, some diseases (e.g., polycystic ovary syndrome), and some drugs (e.g., steroids) are risk factors for obesity that are often outside of one's control. But there are things that people can do that can reduce their risk of obesity. Behaviors such as engaging in physical activity and having a healthy diet can have a significant impact on reducing the risk (see Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Overweight & Obesity: Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences. []).

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