Is There a Root Cause to Weight Gain?
Some people gain weight slowly and gradually over a long period of time, and others experience more sudden changes in weight, sometimes even within just one year. In the latter case, the weight gain is frequently a symptom of something else that's going on in those people's lives that needs to change.
The root causes of weight gain are not always negative. For example, many college students gain 15 pounds in their first year in college, and successful entrepreneurs also find themselves gaining weight when their businesses take off and this ends up consuming all of their time and attention. Those people just need some time to find balance in their lives again, and their weight usually comes off very easily.
However, some root causes are less positive, and that's the focus of this article written by Bob Greene. Bob asserts that many people are affected by bad relationships, unfulfilling careers, and other factors that affect their happiness, and that those root causes need to be addressed as a part of their weight loss efforts. While he acknowledges that weight loss can be achieved by simply eating less and exercising more, he stresses that without resolving the root cause of overeating, long-term success will be unlikely.
I think that Bob Greene makes some valid points, but I am not sure if emotional eating is the only cause of weight gain. For example, many of our members profiled in the Success Stories section didn't seem to have to turn their personal lives upside down in order to start losing weight - for some people, eating less and exercising more is all it takes.
What do you think - is weight gain just a symptom, or are we overcomplicating the matter?
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