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Exogenous Obesity

Exogenous Obesity is a form of obesity that results from the excessive consumption of food. It is caused by a constant intake of food that goes well beyond what the body requires for use as sources of chemical energy, leading to the storage of any unnecessary amount of energy derived from digested food particles as fat. This type of obesity is set apart from the other forms due to the fact that it is brought about by the person’s conscious and voluntary decisions rather than as a result of an underlying physical imbalance in the body.

Exogenous obesity is roughly the result of constant overeating despite the lack of the need for or usage of the extra energy in the form of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It especially tends to be caused by a disproportion between the level of physical activity an individual engages in and the amount of food he or she consumes. The condition is not attributed to hunger or to any digestive factor, instead, it is often more linked to emotional or situational triggers such as boredom, depression, or stress that prompt an individual to resort to eating in order to compensate for certain circumstances or attain some level of comfort.

Although initially harmless or even unintentional, exogenous obesity can bring about a host of possible health complications. Excessively increased weight can lead to arthritic problems due to the increased amount of pressure applied onto bones and joints, while the accumulation of fat may obstruct blood vessels and result in cardiovascular disease.

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