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    Is it excercise phobia, not knowing what to put into your body or, a cultural thing?

    Why are fat people, fat?

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    Because they don't burn off all their calories, so the body stores the remainder.
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    I know it's because they don't burn off fat, I want to know why they don't burn off fat.

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    Packaged food is low in nutrition and fiber, high in salt and sugar calories, but is cheaper than nutritious, high fiber, low calorie foods.

    So it’s a bit more complicated than ‘calories in, calories out.

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    Because we're all lazy gluttons. Clearly.
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    Lots of reasons. The whole low-carb vs. high-carb debate in the nutrition world today is about how hormones have a profound effect on this--in that they are the mechanism by which the energy balance is physically carried out & enforced, but how & why hormones get out of whack is the real question, and I'm coming around to the perception that it's partly environment/societal/mental influences (i.e. cheap food happens to be high in calories, it often makes us happy to eat it, therefore we eat lots of it) and the societal factors that enable us to exercise less (cheap & relatively abundant energy allows us to drive instead of walk, keep the house's thermostat high in the winter instead of burning more calories dealing with lower temps, etc) along with internal/innate medical state (i.e. genetics, your body's personal tune in its reaction to stress, any physiological influences your body may have picked up from your mother during your time in the womb, the effect of digestive flora on the availability of calories from food, etc)

    The biggest question is, say, how can one person eat 3000 calories/day and be skinny as a twig (and maintain that) while another gains weight readily on it. Lots of stuff going on there and IMO not enough quality research to explain it yet.

    (disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a layman who's read a lot of crap.)
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    what spirilis said. not the answer I suspect you wanted, though, since it doesn't make thin people more virtuous for taking better care of themselves. I also suspect there are factors we haven't yet fully explored/understood (e.g. endocrine disruption).

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    too many reasons, some of which are:

    • the foods that we eat today are designed to be hyperpalatable and are relatively low in nutrient density, so it doesn't have the satiety factor of real, natural foods. They also short circuits the dopamine reward-circuit system so it's easy to exceed caloric requirements without realizing it.
    • more sedentary lifestyle. Not just active exercise but even things like sitting vs. standing makes a lot of difference in energy expenditure over time. Also we just tend to spend less time ambulating than we did before desk jobs became the norm.
    • epigenetics...yeah...something about that.
    • emotional eating - some people haven't really learned to process and deal with their emotions appropriately so they tend to stuff it down with food. I admit I used to belong in this category...I denied it, of course. But true to my Enneagram type, it was because I was so unaware. It's only looking at it in retrospect with the knowledge that I have now that it became clear.
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    It's kinda difficult to believe you don't actually already know the answer to this.

    Some of it is genetic... Some of it has to do with the relationship you have with yourself.

    Some may nurture themselves with comfort food/ relaxation... others nurture themselves with healthy food/ lifestyle

    My thought is that it should be a bit of both.

    People need to learn how to say yes by saying no and vice versa.
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    @spirilis and @Kayness: Nice summation. I guess to add to what you are saying:

    1. It's not just about having a high metabolism; some people can eat processed carbs without gaining weight, while others gain weight with even a moderate to small amount.

    2. Sedentary jobs can be a huge factor. Did you know that simply standing for 8 hours will burn more calories than sitting for 8 hours and going to the gym for 45 minutes after work?

    3. Other medical issues. You can't out-diet thyroid issues or side effects from certain medicines, for example.

    4. Once overweight, it is enormously difficult to lose that weight and keep it off. Many people think it's just a matter of a bit of will power and dieting, but in reality the difficulty is on par with quitting smoking. Except you don't have to smoke several times a day to survive. It takes a near-obsessive amount of attention to food and exercise to lose a significant amount of weight, and any dieter who isn't prepared for that is unlikely to succeed.

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