As it turns out, obesity is like almost everything: it’s not created equal. Many of us think that the only treatment plan for obesity is to eat less and exercise more.

It’s a process that you just have to repeat and stick to, so you can maintain your figure. But the University of Sheffield (UK) researchers discovered that there are different classes of obesity – six to be exact. Each type should be addressed accordingly to effectively lose weight:

1. You’re obese because you eat too much and you eat the wrong kind of food.

We’re constantly exposed to unhealthy foods, particularly those that are laden with salt and sugar. Both of these ingredients are not only good for our health, but also our waistline. If you’re this type of obese, you need to reduce your food intake and you should begin exercising at least 30 minutes every day.

2. You’re obese because of gluten.

If you’re sensitive to gluten, you will find it difficult to lose weight as long as you keep consuming foods that have gluten in it, the protein found in many wheat and many grains. Most of those who are affected by this type of obesity are adolescent women, those who have hormonal imbalance, and those who are in their menopausal stages. Gluten obesity can be combatted by avoiding foods with the protein, along with exercising with weights, not drinking alcohol, and not smoking.

3. Your obesity is caused by “nervousness.”

Believe it or not, stress can cause you to gain weight. Most people who are depressed and anxious consume sweets. Instead of overeating and keeping yourself upset, it’s time to relieve stress and eat properly.

4. You are inactive.

This type of obesity actually affects those who were once active, but are now living a sedentary life. The best way to treat this is to simply start moving. Eating at the right time can also help.

5. It’s in your genes.

Unfortunately, you could be born with the tendency to become obese. Risk increases if you become pregnant and you have swollen legs. Running and using the stairs instead of the elevator can help you stay in shape.

6. You accumulate fat in your abdomen.

This type is known as atherogenic metabolic obesity. Signs include having trouble breathing and having a big abdomen while the rest of the body is normal. Reducing alcohol intake can make a huge difference in fighting this obesity.

Which type are you?
Which type are you?

Almost 80 million adults in the US alone are obese and this health condition can increase the risk of major diseases, such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Make sure that you keep your weight in check to stay healthy.

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