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Causation A layman's view of a weight problem would seem to suggest people who are overweight just need to stop eating so darn much. Problem solved, right? Not quite. Weight problems can occur for a variety of reasons, including eating more than is needed. Genetic causes for a number of folks make the problem much more challenging. If your parents were predisposed to carry weight, it will be lifelong uphill- battle for descendants to keep their own weight off. The genetic code carried from relative to relative just work against the person naturally. Behavioral causes are the most common causes of weight problems. These can include lack of exercise, eating without restraint, smoking, bad or unhealthy life routine, poor food choices, drinking too much alcohol and more. While behavioral causes can technically be changed by changing the behavior involved, the mental addiction that sets in is a much harder challenge. For instance, those who like to eat and drink find restraint particularly troublesome. When the response is "but I like to eat" keeping weight off is going to be serious battle. For a number drugs can cause side effects as an unintended consequence that may affect weight. A number of psychiatric drugs cause weight gain by causing changes to a person's metabolism. While intended to help a patient deal with a mental condition chemically, the drug may also slow down biological consumption which then causes the patient to gain weight. Birth control drugs have been known to have the same effect in women, causing a trade-off with avoiding pregnancy but gaining weight in return. Mathematically, assuming drugs or genetics are not the issue, weight gain occurs when the body is consuming more calories in food than it is burning off. The body will still take in the food, but begins to store it as fat for future need. This is part of an old leftover design to store fat for times of need. Unfortunately, modern people don't have much of starvation risk in the U.S., so the fat just builds up becoming a true weight problem over time. Weight issues don't typically occur overnight either. Fat buildup and weight gain into obesity occurs of a long period of time. This is the reason why a person can look fit in their college photo, and then have ballooned to a bona fide couch potato twenty years later. Each year, a few pounds are gained that don't go away. Multiply that weight by twenty or thirty years, and you get results in the neighborhood of an extra fifty to one hundred pounds.