Risk Factors for Obesity
A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a health problem. A person can have obesity with or without the risks below. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.
Obesity is more common in older adults. Other things that can raise the risk are:
Obesity is more common in people who:
- Have parents with obesity
- Have certain inherited diseases (rare)
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- Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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